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The Tony Allen Death Threats

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Adrian Wojnarowski has some details on the death threats that Tony Allen received.

Nevertheless, the Allen issue is real and a concern. The Celtics were too beaten up to leave him back in Boston, and spare themselves a police state of security for the weekend. Allen, 26, played high school ball at Crane High School in Chicago and still considers the city home. A judge found him not guilty of aggravated assault in April of 2007, a case based on a fight outside a Chicago restaurant two years earlier.

Sources say this issue has nothing to do with that case, that Allen has been a part of a dispute that's gone unresolved for over a year. Friends are worried for him, and so are the Celtics. In fact, one long-time Allen friend was told by a Chicago police officer, a source said, that he would be wise to steer clear of the Celtic this weekend. Considering the source of these threats, no one with knowledge of the issue is dismissing these protection steps as an overreaction.

The Boston Globe's Marc Spears, who broke the story along with Yahoo! Sports on Thursday night, reported that threats had been on Allen when the Celtics visited Chicago on March 17. Yet, Allen stayed back in Boston with an injured thumb and it wasn't until this trip that he returned to his hometown.