Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo was the hero of Monday's national championship game with 31 points off the bench for the Wildcats, but an old tweet of his was called into question after his performance made national headlines.
According to Josh Peter of USA Today, a 2011 tweet on DiVincenzo's since-deleted Twitter account quoted a Meek Mill lyric that read "Ballin on these n----s like I'm Derrick Rose!"
DiVincenzo was 14 years old at the time of the tweet. When asked about it Monday after the game, he said "It's my account, yes. But I never remember doing that."
Villanova initially responded to the controversy by saying DiVincenzo's account was hacked Monday, but it deleted the post considering the tweet in question was from years ago.
Joe Davis shared the since-deleted tweet from the Villanova men's basketball account:
Peter noted a tweet including a homophobic slur from DiVincenzo's account—which was last active in 2016—also appeared in screen shots following Monday's title game.
DiVincenzo was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after shooting a blistering 10-of-15 from the field and 5-of-7 from deep in the 79-62 victory over the Michigan Wolverines.
He came in off the bench and picked up the slack for the struggling Jalen Brunson (4-of-13) with 18 first-half points and back-to-back three-pointers in the second half after the Wolverines climbed within 12.
The three-pointers served as the daggers, and Villanova kept Michigan at bay for the remainder of the game.