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Beyoncé’s Publicist Calls Out BeyHive After Viral NBA Finals Moment

The BeyHive is being put in check.

On Wednesday (June 5), Beyoncé and JAY-Z attended Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but it was the off-the-court action that made headlines when Nicole Curran, the wife of the Golden State Warriors owner, leaned over to speak with the billionaire rapper, prompting what appeared to be a side eye from Beyoncé. It wasn’t long before Curran faced backlash from the BeyHive, who jumped in to defend their queen.

After the viral moment, Beyoncé’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, acknowledged the incident in an Instagram post. While reflecting on the anniversary of the “On the Run II” tour, she also called out the BeyHive for “spewing hate” and encouraged them to spread love in Queen Bey’s name.

“I am looking back today at the start of The OTRII tour, one year ago,” she wrote alongside a photo of the Carters from the tour. “It was a place of joy, unimaginable entertainment from two of the best performers in the world, and a place of love. Every single day on that tour I saw love. Which is why I also want to speak here to the beautiful BeyHiVE. I know your love runs deep but that love has to be given to every human. It will bring no joy to the person you love so much if you spew hate in her name. We love you.”

Curran said she received death threats following the incident and had to turn off her Instagram comments before deactivating her account. Before doing so, she addressed the situation, telling fans that she meant no harm.

“Listen Beehive,” she commented on a Shade Room post. “I respect Queen B. I love her! I talked to her husband twice tonight. First, to take a drink order for them both when they arrived as they were our guests. Second, to explain why I gave his wife a rose from a fan. All of this has been taken out of context. I am a happily married woman. Telling me to kill myself?????? Somehow I don’t think she would support this.”

Curran said that she didn’t know anything was wrong until she started receiving texts from friends. “There was no hostility,” she told ESPN. “I was trying to be a good hostess. I’ve never experienced cyberbullying like this. I can’t believe our players go through this. That kids go through this.”