Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia Targeted With Racist Tweet. Then The Tweeter Apologized.

Sima Shakeri
Nav Bhatia attends a game between the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers on May 2, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

For the Toronto Raptors, this week has been all about turning grim games into winning outcomes.

And one Raptors superfan is savouring both his team’s sweet victory Saturday in the Eastern Conference final, and his own positive ending from a racist encounter with a Milwaukee Bucks fan. 

Nav Bhatia was the target of a racist tweet sent Tuesday by a now-deleted account, @KJB30. 

The tweet was put on blast by MP Raj Grewal, who called on Twitter to deal with the issue.

“Hey @Twitter, this tweet by @KJB30 is racist and should be removed,” Grewal wrote. “There is no place for this type of language in the @NBA or on Twitter.”

The federal politician then extended a compassionate offer to the offender: “Also, I don’t know you @KJB30 but I welcome you to come to Toronto and meet @superfan_nav he’s one of the nicest guys in the game.”

Apparently, Milwaukee fans wanted Bhatia to know the tweet didn’t speak for them, because on Friday, Bhatia tweeted a message of gratitude following the Raptors-Bucks game in Milwaukee:

“Thank you to all the @Bucks fans who came up to me and apologized for words someone tweeted even though you didnt have to,” he tweeted. “I know we are in a heated series, but i want everyone to know, regardless of what one person has said. Milwaukee and its fans are incredible!” 

Bucks fans flocked to the post to share their love: