Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier Get into Strange Twitter Battle with Rudy Gobert

Thomas Duffy@@TJDhoopsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2016

France's center Rudy Gobert (L) and France's shooting guard Evan Fournier react after France defeated Serbia to place third at the EuroBasket 2015 in Lille, northern France, on September 20, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, the Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier got into a peculiar Twitter exchange with Utah Jazz big fella Rudy Gobert.

It started with a cryptic post from the Stifle Tower:

Rudy Gobert @rudygobert27

You can have good stats but hurt your team... numbers do lie sometimes. #onlypeoplethatknowthegameunderstandthat

The target of Gobert's tweet is unclear, especially because Utah's last game was an overtime loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.

He said it wasn't intended for anyone in particular (and he later deleted this tweet):


That's where Vucevic hopped in. The 25-year-old stud, currently averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game, told Gobert to act like "a real man" and reveal who he was talking about.


Nikola Vucevic @NikolaVucevic

@rudygobert27 I think you should tell us who you're talking about like a real man would

Gobert bluntly told Vucevic it was his teammate with "that ugly ponytail":

Rudy Gobert @rudygobert27

@NikolaVucevic Your teammate i think he had that ugly ponytail

Fournier's 'do is more of a man bun, if we're going to nitpick. Is there another Magic player who has anything that could be described as an "ugly ponytail"?

Fournier responded in French, which is also Gobert's native tongue—and the two have played on the French national team together:

Evan Fournier @EvanFourmizz

@rudygobert27 @NikolaVucevic Blancoté ?? lool

Twitter users, including the Miami Herald's Ethan J. Skolnick, have concocted several theories. The most believable seems to be Gobert was jabbing Miami Heat big man Hassan Whiteside, who had 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting to go along with 18 boards in a 91-79 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night:

Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick

Here's translation of word Fournier uses.... https://t.co/GPEdfG5cBE.... Could have been about another player, even one Gobert played with.

Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick

@MachRealty yeah, I saw the Google translate. Who knows. You could say that Kanter was a stat guy too. Gobert played with him.

Let’s Go Heat! @TERRAMOS

@EthanJSkolnick white side means Lado Blanco. Blancote means Big White Guy

___ @dru_star


Ah, Twitter beefs. There's nothing like them, especially when foreign languages are involved.

Update from Wednesday, Jan. 20

It appears as though the "Twitter beef" was just the players having some fun:

Nikola Vucevic @NikolaVucevic

Good morning everyone...hope you guys enjoyed the beef like we did :) #itwasajoke @rudygobert27 @EvanFourmizz https://t.co/CSycPLuiFH

Move along now, nothing to see here. 

--End of Update--



The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.