Article: Jayson Granger Issues New Statement After Death Threat Incident

Uruguayan basketball player Jayson Granger from Peñarol has released a new statement on Saturday after appearing before the Sports Violence Unit on Friday and the Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday in connection with the death threats against Santiago “Pepo” Vidal, a player from Aguada. Both teams faced off on Thursday in the second final of the Uruguayan basketball league.

At the end of the game, which Aguada won, extending their lead to 2-0 in the finals, Granger made gestures of shooting his opponent and cutting his throat.

Before going to testify, Granger posted a message apologizing to fans and his family, hinting that he had faced racist attacks: “I would like to apologize for losing my temper in the game yesterday. I am not used to dealing with racism and certain situations that should not happen on a basketball court. It is something I have never experienced in my 20 years as a professional. Despite everything, it does not justify my lack of respect and my outburst. I apologize to the fans and my family.”

On Saturday, the Peñarol player posted a new message on X: “I have received racist insults in many games, but my reaction in the last game was not appropriate and could be misinterpreted. I apologize once again to all those affected and hope that Monday will be a celebration of sports and peace.”

The case was closed on Saturday because Vidal did not file a complaint. The third final of the Uruguayan basketball league will take place on Monday at 9:15 PM at the Peñarol Palace.