Great Moments in Fake Twitter Account History
Will the real Bryan Colangelo please stand up?
In light of the Bryan Colangelo Twitter debacle, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some other top moments in fake/ghost sports Twitter history.
Kevin Durant? Skip Bayless? Roger Goodell? College Rowing Team? Yep, we got them.
In 2017, Kevin Durant took to Twitter to defend himself and his departure from OKC.
Only problem? He did it from his normal Twitter account instead of his "second" account.
"Imagine taking russ off that team, see how bad they were. Kd can’t win a championship with those cats"
KD also expressed displeasure in playing for Billy Donovan.
"He didn’t like the organization or playing for Billy Donovan. His roster wasn’t that good, it was just him and russ"
Well played, KD, well played.
FS1's Skip Bayless didn't need to defend himself but he was quick to compliment himself on his new venture on the network:
"Skip you are the man!!! Love the new show on FS1!!!!"
At least Skip is a big fan of himself. Switch the account next time buddy!
Roger Goodell's Wife
Just last October, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's wife got caught defending her husband on Twitter from a fake/ghost account.
The Wall Street Journal figured out that Jane Goodell was running the Twitter account @forargument and defending her husband on a variety of issues.
Mrs. Goodell told the paper, "It was a REALLY silly thing to do and done out of frustration — and love. As a former media member, I'm always bothered when the coverage doesn't provide a complete and accurate picture of a story. I'm also a wife and a mom. I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love—and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!"
Texas Tech Coaching Staff
In August 2016, a story hit the internet about the Kliff Kingsbury's Texas Tech coaching staff who were using fake Twitter accounts that posed as "cute girls" to spy on their own players on social media.
While this was not a screw up like our Durant and Bayless moments, this is an interesting tactic nonetheless.
You've also got to think this his happening EVERYWHERE with college coaches these days, but perhaps Texas Tech was ahead of the curve.
Kansas Women's Rowing Team
You are probably not a die-hard follower of the Kansas Jayhawks Women's Rowing Team, but the group recently made news because seven of them were suspended by the university while they looked into fake social media accounts.
Specifically, they supposedly created fake Instagram accounts in order to skirt University rules including section 501 of the KU manual that states, “I will not create fake or alias social media accounts. I understand that any information placed on any social media site is a reflection of me, my team, Kansas Athletics and the University of Kansas.”
The rowing team at KU has undergone a lot of changes under new head coach Carrie Cook-Callen, including this nugget:
"Adjustments range from not being allowed to own aliased social media accounts to not being allowed to wear eye masks while on airplanes."
YEAH! Finally, someone cracking down on eye masks on airplanes!