Unless you live under a literal rock, there’s a strong possibility that you’ve seen the viral photo of Beyoncé looking *quite bothered* while Jay-Z chatted it up with another woman at game three of the 2019 NBA Finals. As we now know, that woman was Nicole Curran, a.k.a the wife of Golden State Warriors owner and billionaire Joseph Lacob.
While a couple of the fan reactions to the photos and footage were pretty freakin’ hilarious, some people — specifically the singer’s diehard fans — have taken things way too far. “Listen, [Beyhive], I respect Queen B. I love her! I talked to her husband twice tonight. First, to take a drink order for them both when they arrived as they were our guests,” Nicole, 50, wrote on her since-deactivated Instagram.
“Second, to explain why I gave his wife a rose from a fan. All of this has been taken out of context,” she continued. “I am a happily married woman. Telling me to kill myself???? Somehow I don’t think she would support this.” You’re darn right, Nicole! We don’t know Beyoncé personally (sigh), but we certainly don’t think she would want this poor woman being harassed over a photo.
In addition to taking a stand on social media, Nicole spoke with ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne to further set the record straight. “Just spoke to Nicole Curran, the wife of Warriors owner Joe Lacob, about the ‘incident’ with Beyoncé last night,” Ramona tweeted on Wednesday, June 6.
“She was in tears. Said she had been getting death threats on social media all night this morning she disabled her IG account just to make it stop,” Ramona noted. “Curran said she had no idea anything was even amiss until she got home and started seeing texts from friends and checked her social media,” the reporter continued.
Just spoke to Nicole Curran, the wife of Warriors owner Joe Lacob, about the “incident “ with Beyoncé last night. She was in tears. Said she had been getting death threats on social media all night this morning she disabled her IG account just to make it stop.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 6, 2019
“She’s invited Jay-Z and Beyoncé to the game [three to four] times before. Last night, she says she asked if they wanted drinks. Beyoncé asked for water Curran says she then went to go get them those drinks.” Sounds like a pretty logical explanation of the events, if you ask us! Ramona concluded her tweets with, “‘There was no hostility. I was trying to be a good hostess,’” she said. ‘“I’ve never experienced cyber bullying like this. I can’t believe our players go through this. That kids go through this.’”
In conclusion: Everyone please and try and be a little kinder on the internet.
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