The ESPN NBA analyst shared the message from his personal account earlier in the afternoon, but the tweet was soon deleted after numerous other users quickly pointed out that the claim was false. Bill Russell, Tom Sanders, K.C. Jones, M.L. Carr and Doc Rivers all coached the Celtics prior to Udoka’s hiring.
Even LeBron James questioned if Williams’ tweet had been photoshopped because of its stunning inaccuracy.
After not addressing the post for a few hours, the ESPN analyst came back onto Twitter to address the confused masses. In another tweet, he claimed that the original tweet about Udoka didn’t come from him, implying that he was hacked.
“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,” he wrote.
Unsurprisingly, many sports media members didn’t buy that Williams had been hacked. A few took to Twitter to express their confusion at the situation and question if the ESPN analyst was telling the truth.
As it relates to that big, fat white face tweet that came from my account a couple hours ago … I did not post that & my passcode has now been changed — Dan
— Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz (@LeBatardShow) June 23, 2021
this might be the worst “I was hacked” lie in the history of this app https://t.co/OwHW58hSvY
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) June 24, 2021
— Sam Hustis (@SamHustis) June 24, 2021
And what was the excuse for this foolishness? HOOOOOO BOY!!!! https://t.co/UR5CZPXXLT
— Jay Scott Smith (@JayScottSmith) June 24, 2021
Oh my God he actually went this route?!? Incredible https://t.co/6v0GGb9sTS
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) June 23, 2021
So the rumors are true: When evil hackers get into Twitter accounts, first thing they love to do is spread misinformation about NBA coaching hires 🤔🤦♂️ https://t.co/HPpBzS49O8
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) June 23, 2021
All of the responses questioning Williams’ claim are wise to be skeptical. A hacker probably wouldn’t sign in to an ESPN analyst’s Twitter account just to fire off an incorrect tweet about the Boston Celtics new head coach.
The more realistic explanation is that Williams made an error and didn’t double check the franchise’s list of past coaches before he put up the post. That still raises questions about the analyst’s knowledge of the game and its history, but the tweet could have at least been seen as an honest mistake.
Instead, Williams has decided to double down and dig a deeper hole for himself. Now, we may never know what really happened, but clearly the ESPN analyst will be walking on thin ice moving forward.