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Anthony Grant shared a threatening voicemail he said he received after the Flyers fell to VCU on Friday. (Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)

Dayton coach Anthony Grant didn’t hold back Tuesday night.

Grant blasted some Dayton fans, who he said have been threatening him and his players in recent weeks. Grant revealed that he and his teammates have received hateful messages, threats and more related to gambling – which became legal in Ohio on January 1.

“I have to say firm because I think it’s necessary right now,” Grant said, via the Dayton Daily News. “These young men, we are asking them to sacrifice quite a bit so that we can do what we do and enjoy what we enjoy. So I ask all Flyer fans to understand that we are dealing with 18, 21, 22 year olds, and it is about them. This is about them … There are some laws that have been enacted recently that, to me, could really change the landscape of what college sports is about.

“When we have people who make it about themselves and attack children because of their own agenda, it disgusts me.”

Grant played a voicemail for reporters showing just a sample of the messages he said he has received.

“You were ahead with two minutes left,” a caller said in a voicemail. “That’s not comfortable. People will go down. Heads will be rolling about what happened tonight, I promise you that!”

Although it is not clear specifically what the caller is referring to or who it was, it does not matter to Grant. For him, it crosses a line.

Grant is in his sixth season leading the Flyers. They beat Davidson 68-61 on Tuesday just before Grant’s rant, though they failed to cover the 10.5-point spread. On Friday, the Flyers fell to VCU despite holding an early 14-point lead in a game they favored.

The fan reaction on Friday, athletic director Neil Sullivan said, “was the worst.”

“So if you’re a Flyer fan, I’m asking you to understand what you’re dealing with, with young people. Take a step back, and re-evaluate your priorities. And if you can’t, we don’t need you.”

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