10 Athletes Who Totally Had Their Twitter Hacked
If you say something stupid or controversial in a press conference or a live interview, you're going to have to own up to some consequences.
If you say something stupid on Twitter?
Easy. Call it a hack, pass off the blame and go about your day.
Blaming ill-advised tweets on mysterious unidentified hackers has been a long standing tradition among professional athletes with reputations to uphold.
Accidentally say something offensive? Hacker.
Tweet something unprofessional or insensitive? Hacker.
Sure, hackers exist. But they tend to get more credit than they're due.
So how many athletes have really been victims to Twitter hacking, and how many have just tried to use it as an easy cover? Today, we'll use the infallible hack-o-meter to find out. A score of 10 means the athlete was definitely hacked. A score of one means they definitely were not.
Always remember: If you've got something stupid to say, say it on Twitter. It seems there's always a way to take it back.
Ah, curse you, evil hacker! You who sits alone in a dark basement and slips unnoticed into athletes' lives!
The mysterious magical hacker hit Eagles running back LeSean McCoy pretty hard.
Evil Hacker Man engaged in a brutal argument with the mother of McCoy's child using the ever-private medium of Twitter, calling the woman, according to awfulannouncing.com, a "dirty alley girl" and a "waste of life."
Uh oh. That's not gonna make pretty headlines.
McCoy caught wind of Evil Hacker Man's misdoings, and did the only thing he could do. He took to Twitter to set the record straight, uttering but a single word:
And just like that, he deleted his account completely and was never seen again.
Hack-o-Meter: 1/10... and even that's generous.
Kevin Durant tweeted out a picture of himself smoking Hookah, then claimed a hacker had been the one to put up the photo. Hacking a tweet is understandable. But hacking a selfie? Is that even possible?
Durant clarified that obviously the photo was not hacked, but he wasn't the one who put it online.
Teammate Nick Collison backed him up:
@Deadspin I saw the tweet come up on my timeline when he was outside the bus going through TSA security. He didn't send it. Very weird.— Nick Collison (@nickcollison4) January 10, 2014
Since he didn't bother denying the authenticity of the photo, and his teammate backed up him up, we'll give the MVP the benefit of the doubt.
The CFL isn't usually a hub for controversy, and the Ottowa Redblacks aren't a franchise you'll often see in American headlines.
Quarterback Kevin Glenn, however, found a way to bring his squad some attention.
According to TSN, Glenn sent a tweet that read "I hear you I'm trying to get traded they said it will be either Winn Sask or BC they won't trade me to east I heard bell going to cal," then followed it with another that called Ottowa management "snakes."
Glenn then told the world that he had, in fact, been hacked.
Glenn's agent told the world that Glenn had been hacked. Only then did Glenn send out a new tweet confirming the newly crafted hack story.
Methinks the Ottowa Redblacks aren't exactly a prime target for a hacker looking to cause controversy, and any time an agent makes a statement on behalf of a player you know it's at the very most seven percent truth.
Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies had some harsh words to say about Marc Gasol after Kevin Durant pulled himself from the FIBA World Cup, expressing that he wished Gasol would have made the decision.
But were these Allen's words at all? Or had he fallen culprit to the infamous hacker that has ruined the reputations of so many athletes before him?
Follow the saga:
Deleted, but… we’re all with you TA RT @aa000G9: Now only if Marc Gasol would take a summer off...— Kevin Lipe (@FlyerGrizBlog) August 7, 2014
Are u guys talking about— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) August 7, 2014
I was hacked .......— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) August 7, 2014
That ain't my style ...I'm O.G if I want 2 say something about someone ....trust me they gone know face 2 face— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) August 7, 2014
@ChrisVernonShow lol— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) August 7, 2014
But back 2 the proceedings. ...ain't nobody got time for that.....— Tony Allen (@aa000G9) August 7, 2014
Tony, too, seems rather innocent in this case, with his claim that he'd rather insult someone face to face than on Twitter particularly captivating.
Oh, and the next time someone tells me something that I find confusing or shocking, I'm definitely going to respond with, "Are you talking about. What!"
Irina Rodnina is a former Olympic gold medalist as well as an active member of the United Russia Party, which makes it doubly inappropriate that she shared a racist tweet about President Barack Obama, featuring a photo of his face with a banana photoshopped right in front of his hungry eyes.
According to Buzzfeed, she responded by reminding her followers that "Freedom of speech is freedom!"
Yes, true. Freedom of speech is freedom. In other news, racism is racist.
Once it was time for Rodnina to help light the torch at the Olympic games, she mysteriously deleted the racist tweet and sent out the following:
I respect the Obama family and apologize for not clearly stating earlier that I don't support the tweeted photo or racism in any form. (1/2)— Irina Rodnina (@IRodnina) February 10, 2014
My account was hacked and I should have shown better judgement in my initial response and handling of the event. (2/2)— Irina Rodnina (@IRodnina) February 10, 2014
Yes, you should have shown better judgment, Irina. Like, maybe you should have responded to a hacker by saying "Sorry I was hacked" instead of "Freedom of speech is freedom."
This doesn't add up.
Since NFL teams don't see Twitter posts, it's a really good place for prospects to share their feelings or admit to cheating or breaking the law or just say stupid things in general before the draft.
D.J. Fluker showed no reservations when he used his Twitter to tell the world, according to Michael David Smith or NBC Sports, "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 1st stone."
His agent then revealed that the tweet was in fact posted by the same darn Evil Hacker Man that has taken down so many greats before him.
Aren't agents great? If it wasn't for his agent, D.J. Fluker might have spent his entire life thinking he had posted that tweet himself, when in reality it had been a hacker the whole time!
A wonderful twist and a happy ending to a tragic story.
WE FOUND EVIL HACKER MAN!!
Turns out Evil Hacker Man is just an innocent little girl trying to play Barbie makeup games on a smart phone.
Or at least that's the Evil Hacker Man that stole the identity of UFC Champion Cain Velasquez.
Barbie Makeup Appfgfh pic.twitter.com/1K6SyjF3Dz— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) February 8, 2014
Hacked by my 4year old with the last tweet. Lol— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) February 8, 2014
We're left with so many questions.
Has little four-year-old Velasquez hacked any other athletes' accounts?
Was it really her, or was Cain just embarrassed that he accidentally hit the wrong button while playing Barbies?
And most importantly, what does "Appfgfh" mean?!
Another hacked UFC fighter.
But this time: No Barbies.
Josh Thompson took to trash talking on Twitter, calling out Nick Diaz with a vulgar NSFW tweet that used a bunch of words that started with b, f and a.
Turns out Evil Hacker Man had made a surprise appearance at dinner the night before:
People that know me, know I wouldn't ever talk about a fighter like this. My phone was stolen last night while at dinner.— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) May 4, 2014
Fortunately, everyone really bought that story and the cover-up worked perfectly:
So who do we believe? What really went down at dinner that night? The world may never know.
Has anyone bought the rights yet for an Evil Hacker Man murder mystery? I'm just saying.
Donte Whitner might be Evil Hacker Man's favorite target.
It all began in April of 2013, when Hacker Man made his first strike, taking a hold of Whitner's account in convincing fashion and tweeting, according to Sean Newell of Deadspin, "F--k nnamdi," shortly after defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha had been signed by the 49ers.
The tweet was deleted, but the hacker couldn't be shaken off. Days later, he struck again, this time saying, according to Bay Area Sports Guy and censored for your viewing pleasure, "All I do is sit on twitter all day and do [expletive] my number tell let's hang out which actually means let's [expletive] even 19 year olds #niners."
I can't even decide what makes me more uncomfortable—the disturbing content of the tweet or the equally disturbing grammatical errors.
Here's hoping with all my heart that this was truly a hacker.
Before Jameis Winston had a Heisman Trophy and a BCS title, he was just another guy that couldn't keep his Twitter protected from the evil doings of an evil hacker.
Winston was following a team policy by not tweeting during the season when suddenly, in November, it appeared he was back.
You'd think that after a long absence, and on a rebellious return to social media, the message sent would be riveting and important.
Instead, it was just sort of weird: Winston re-tweeted a tweet that read, according to Joseph Student of Busted Coverage, "I wanna get whiskey wasted!"
Would Winston really break a team policy and risk trouble just so he could share with the world that some girl wanted to get whiskey wasted?
The Florida State Athletic Department didn't think so:
The FSU athletic dept just confirmed Jameis Winston's twitter account was hacked. He did not break the no tweeting policy— Jason Hurst (@jasonsportstalk) November 26, 2013
And neither do I.
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