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Chandler Parsons says plane emoji tweet that started war wasn’t about DeAndre Jordan

Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

Houston Rockets v Dallas Mavericks

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Remember the emoji “war” from this summer?

Reports had started to leak out about DeAndre Jordan changing his mind. He had verbally committed to the Mavericks but as the end of the moratorium was coming and it was time to officially sign Jordan was leaning toward going back to the Clippers (which he eventually did).

That’s when Mavericks lead recruiter Chandler Parsons tweeted this:

It was taken as a sign he was on a plane to Houston (where Jordan lives) to talk him into staying with the Mavs. It also led to a series of emoji responses from the Clippers players, such as:

Then it just started to get funny.

The funny thing is, Parsons said in a radio interview on KRLD-FM it was a big misunderstanding. Here’s his comments as transcribed (hat tip Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie):

You know what’s funny? Actually, when I tweeted that plane emoji, I was leaving LA and going to Vegas for my girlfriend’s birthday. I wasn’t even going to Houston. I didn’t even think about it initially, then it started blowing up, and obviously the timing of it was perfect and then it just kind of took off with J.J. [Redick] tweeting the car and [Chris Paul] and everybody — I saw the Dodgers, the Warriors, Kobe, MJ, everybody started tweeting it so that was more funny than ever. At that point, it was already over and he was going back to the Clippers, so might as well make light of it.

Oh. Well then, in the words of Emily Litella, never mind.