SportsPulse: The Brow is about to be on the move. FTW’s Charles Curtis looks at potential trade destinations for Anthony Davis.
The Davis Saga is perfect for this era of #NBATwitter, where every minor move by athletes, including comments, is heavily scrutinized by the league’s fans. The environment is also perfect for Twitter pranksters, and no one is immune — even the Worldwide Leader.
ESPN appeared to have been duped Tuesday night by a photoshop created by #NBATwitter mainstay @sreekyshooter. He created a (quite funny) fake comment credited to LeBron James on an Instagram post of Anthony Davis’ from Jan. 19.
“SHEESH that sweater is (fire),” he wrote as James, including many emojis. “Ur killin it bro anyway cya laker oops that was a typo I meant cya LAter #striveforgreatness.”
While James appears to have left no comment of any kind on the actual post (Davis’ most recent), the photoshop was picked up by the late edition of SportsCenter. It was presented as if ESPN did not know it was a joke.
Creator “sreekar” acknowledged the post being fake following the airing. ESPN did the same at the end of Tuesday night’s show, with anchor Neil Everett saying it was the work of “Some kid with way too much time on his hands. You got me dude!”
With the attention being paid to Davis — who was fined Tuesday for his trade request — and James showing clear interest in playing with the big man for over a month now, one can perhaps see how something like this could happen.