Houston Rockets fans are so upset at their loss to the Golden State Warriors last month in the Western Conference finals that they are taking aim at point guard Steph Curry’s wife, Ayesha Curry, and her latest culinary venture, the International Smoke restaurant.
Over the past week, bitter Rockets fans have taken to Yelp to give negative reviews to the barbecue eatery before it even opens. Many commenters are giving the business one-star reviews and calling the NBA superstar a cheater. Others are claiming people from California cannot do barbecue.
There was also a slew of racist remarks and others attacking Mrs. Curry for being married to her husband. Yelp has since started monitoring the page for negative and positive content sue to the news coverage. “While we don’t take a stand one way or the other when it comes to these news events, we do work to remove both positive and negative posts that appear to be motivated more by the news coverage itself than the reviewer’s personal consumer experience with the business,” the company writes about its active cleanup of the page.
Ayesha responded to the backlash on Twitter revealing that it is the “third location” in the franchise she co-created with chef Michael Mina. “I don’t play ball … I love Houston. I love food, I love bbq and am excited to bring something different to the table.”
It’s my third location. The irony of it all. I don’t play ball so this has been very entertaining to watch people so wound up. The food will speak for itself once we open and I actually love Houston. I love food, I love bbq and am excited to bring something different to the table
— Ayesha Curry (@ayeshacurry) June 21, 2018
The restaurant will open on July 5.
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