connectVideoFormer Babson College soccer player accused of threatening to dozens of deaths
Raw video: 23-year-old Addison Choi will plead guilty after being accused of threatening nearly four dozen college athletes.
Crime doesn’t pay, and allegedly also not Addison Choi ‘ s sports bets — federal prosecutors say the former college football player became a gambling addict started making a “disgusting and racist” and threatened with death, in an attempt to spook dozens of pro and amateur athletes.
Choi, 23, Fullerton, California. was charged Wednesday with sending threats for at least 45 athletes during a period of six months spree in 2017, according to the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
“There is a difference between free speech, even hate – and intentionally, others in fear for their lives,” United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said in a statement. “Mr. Choi crossed that line. On the basis of the current charging document, and hiding behind the anonymity of social media, he threatened his victims in a graphically violent, often racist terms.”
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Between July and December 2018, the 23-year-old allegedly posted threats for at least 45 different Instagram accounts with multiple threats for each account, and often several goals mentioned in any threat.
According to the court documents, Choi played varsity soccer at Babson College in Wellesley in 2017. His Facebook page shows him among a group of Babson College soccer players.
“He has also gambled on the sport, both professional and collegiate, and he lost then he won,” the U. S. Attorney’s Office said. “If the players or teams that he bet on a weak, Choi used Instagram to send them death threats.”
One of those threats allegedly occurred July 27, 2017, when the court documents state, He placed on a professional athlete’s Instagram account: “I will kill you and your family and f—— hang them on a tree dumb ugly motherf—–” and also: “I hope you f—— die you stupid monkey n—–.”
The same day, the 23-year-old allegedly posted on a other athlete of his / her Instagram account: “I find your f—— family and the skin in life you stupid f – – – I hope you never play again.”
The prosecutors said the players were not the only goal of Choi’s alleged assault, as he allegedly posted threats for the accounts of the athletes ‘ loved ones.
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“He conducted a very public campaign of intimidation against them, it’s them to blame for his own productive gambling losses,” FBI Special Agent in charge Joseph R. Bonavolonta said in a press release. “Let this case serve as a warning to others who think they can hide behind a keyboard and get away with making violent threats to others in fear for their lives. Enough is enough.”
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In another instance, Choi posted on the Instagram page of a professional athlete, his girlfriend, the “stupid mother——[name], you worthless f—–. I will f—— kill you” and “I will f—— the kill [name] you stupid f—— b—-… let not that relevant, stupid mother——.”
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The FBI said it “takes seriously all acts or threats of violence,” and is dedicated to research them.
The 23-year-old faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000.
Federal officials said Choi will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date. Boston 25 News reported Wednesday that he is planning to confess.