Former Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker is dealing with controversy just days before the 2013 NFL draft, after his Twitter account was reportedly hacked and sent out a scandalous tweet Tuesday morning that has since been removed.
According to the report, the deleted tweet reads as follows: "Yea I took $ n college so wat. I did wat i had to do. Agents was tryin to pimp me so I pimped them. Cast da first stone."
Now Fluker’s agent, Deryk Gilmore, claims that they know the person that hacked the account, according to Don Kausler Jr. of AL.com:
We know who did this. This is totally fiction, but I’m waiting to get some proof. I’ve been on the phone with Twitter…I’ll tell you, of course, this wasn’t him. It was bull (bleep), and it’s a shame. And anyone who believes it was him and wants to believe the worst, you go ahead and do it. I mean, my company has an outstanding reputation. This kid, we didn’t even give him a guarantee to sign with us. We gave him nothing. My whole point is that for all the people who are out there saying the worst, let them believe the worst.
While this is a situation that can be solved with the right evidence being presented to the public (someone admitting they hacked the account, for example), the timing of the hack and the controversial tweet couldn’t have been any worse for the talented prospect as he continues to audition for his new job.
Fluker is a first-round prospect on many NFL scouting boards, and the future starting offensive tackle is due to make a lot of money in the league when he does get drafted.
Any talk of taking illegal benefits in college would be something that teams consider when drafting Fluker, and if the account was truly hacked, these are comments that should be expunged from the record.
The hope from Fluker, his family and the entire Alabama football community is that the tackle’s agent can provide the evidence that says the account was indeed hacked and everyone can move on before the draft even begins.
It would be a shame if Fluker’s draft stock would suffer because of what someone deems as a practical joke.
With elite size and strength, this is not something that would have Fluker fall too far in the draft, but this is an unnecessary burden that no one should have to shoulder just days away from the biggest moment of his or her life.