Kenyon Martin tweets "haters:" Get AIDS and die

Kenyon Martin (4) of the Denver Nuggets puts up a shot against Rajon Rondo (9) and Glen Davis (11) of the Boston Celtics during NBA action at the Pepsi Center on Feb. 24, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Celtics 89-75. Getty Images/Doug Pensinger

Kenyon Martin's Twitter rant
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When the Denver Nuggets failed to offer Kenyon Martin a contract extension before the NBA lockout, the veteran forward opted last month to sign a one-year deal to play in China - and he vented his frustrations to toward his former team.

"That's their problem," he told Yahoo! Sports. "They made that bed. Guess what? Let them lie in it."

But that mild rebuke is nothing compared to Martin's Twitter tirade Sunday night, in which he had some choice words for "haters."

The overall sentiment was epitomized with this signoff: "All Haters should catch full blown Aids and Die! Do the world a favor! and rid us of you all!"

(And that was actually one of the tamer comments from his Twitter tirade.)

It's unclear who Martin counts as his "haters" but it sounds like he needs to be banished from Twitter for a while. Alas, his new hometown - Urumqi, China - may be remote but it's not outside the Twittersphere.

"The city is small," Martin told Yahoo! Sports. "But there is enough modern-day technology where I'm not going to miss out on too much going on in the world."

So, rest assured, Martin can still wish death upon his haters from 6,000 miles away. How do you say "full blown" in Mandarin?

  • Stephen Smith

    Stephen Smith is a senior editor for CBSNews.com

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