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Threat to Obama's niece at Terps game 'unsubstantiated,' police say

Princeton women's basketball coach Courtney Banghart responds to threats made to President Obama's niece, Leslie Robinson, in a phone message received by Maryland's athletic department before the start of the game. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun)

Someone phoned in a threat to Princeton basketball player Leslie Robinson, the niece of President Barack Obama, before her team played Maryland on Monday evening in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

University of Maryland Police said in a statement Monday night that the threat was unsubstantiated.

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At 3 p.m., a caller told police she had received a text from third party who said a male she knew had a gun and mentioned Robinson. Police notified the United States Secret Service and increased security at the game as a precaution.

Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — Princeton alums — were in attendance Monday, but President Obama, who attended Princeton's game Saturday morning, was not.

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Princeton coach Courtney Banghart referred to the caller as a "freak." She knew of the call before the game, though Robinson, who did not play in the Tigers' 85-70 loss, was not informed until after.

Several police officers stood behind Princeton's bench during the game.

"It's incredibly disappointing," Banghart said. "Leslie is safe in our locker room, and nobody loves her more than I do."

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