Derrick Rose said that his doubters should “kill yourselft”.
The Minnesota Timberwolves point guard later apologized for his words during the interview.
Per ESPN, Rose, who was telling coach impassioned stories about former coach Thibodeau, who was fired by the team on Sunday, twice used the phrase, which he called a “slang term” in a subsequent apology.
“I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Rose said. “Thibs was just the coach that believed in me. I mean, he jump-started my career again and for that, I’ll always be thankful. But everybody that thinks that it’s gonna stop, kill yourself. It’s just not.”
Rose later tweeted an apology, saying he meant the term as a colloquialism rather than an instruction for people to harm themselves.
I messed up by using the slang term “kill yourself” today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs. I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize.
— Derrick Rose (@drose) 7 gennaio 2019