After the Chicago Bulls defeated the Toronto Raptors 109-105 at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night, DeMar DeRozan's daughter, Diar, was escorted out by team security due to online threats directed towards her, according to Bulls PR representative Beth Esler who confirmed to ESPN. During the Bulls' first play-in game, Diar went viral for her enthusiastic screams that echoed throughout the arena and on the broadcast each time the Raptors went to the free throw line. Toronto missed 18 of their 36 free throw attempts, which contributed to Chicago's 19-point comeback win. Following the incident, DeRozan commented on the sad reality of the world we live in, stating that despite the positive attention his daughter received, there will always be miserable individuals who aim to cause harm. Ultimately, DeRozan's priority is to ensure that his daughter enjoys her moment without any fear or anxiety.
Diar DeRozan did not attend the game in Miami on Friday night. DeMar DeRozan had made it clear after Wednesday's game that he would not let his daughter miss another day of school and disclosed on Friday morning that she had her own basketball game that evening. DeRozan emphasized that his daughter is still a child and that he shields her from external pressures. She attended the game only to support her father and had a blast doing so. DeRozan wanted to protect this special moment for her, and although he never expected it to escalate as it did, he hopes that one day, when she is older, she will look back and understand the gravity of the situation.