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An Important Distinction About That Jason Williams/Boston Celtics Tweet

Back to Orwell: “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle”

ESPN’s 25th Anniversary Celebration - Arrivals
Jason Williams during ESPN’s 25th Anniversary Celebration - Arrivals at ESPN Zone - Times Square in New York City, New York, United States.
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When Jason Williams incorrectly posted on Twitter a few days ago that the Boston Celtics had hired their first coach of color in Ime Udoka, we wrote that he also said that he had been hacked.

Which, let’s be honest, is what a lot of people say when they’ve made an ass of themselves online.

However, that’s not exactly what Williams said and it is, as the headline says, an important distinction. Here’s what he actually said:

“As it relates to the Boston Celtics tweet that came from my account a couple of hours ago… I did not post that & my passcode has now been changed.”

A reader sent us that and points out that it’s entirely likely that, like a lot of significant organizations and institutions, ESPN has teams of social media drones who post things for more famous people like, say, Williams.

So rather than trying a little CYA after he made a stupid comment, it’s very possible that someone else posted it. And it’s also possible rather than hanging a subordinate out to dry, Williams took the heat himself. And if that’s the case, and the argument makes a lot of sense, then the way he handled it is really quite decent. And we all know we could use more of that in general, but especially in social media land.