The “Around the Horn” cast on ESPN on Thursday fell, as many have before, for a fake Adrian Wojnarowski tweet.
During Thursday’s show, the crew discussed what they thought was a tweet from Wojnarowski, Yahoo’s NBA insider, about LeBron James future.
The tweet read, “LeBron will opt out of contract in 2018 to form a super team and ‘defend himself’ in LA, league sources tell @TheVertical.”
The only problem was that the tweet did not come from Wojnarowski’s official Twitter account but rather a fake account with a subtle misspelling in the handle.
“Let’s talk this headline I read,” host Tony Reali began. “It’s from Wojnarowski, so of course it’s legitimate.”
The cast of reporters, Tim Cowlishaw, Kevin Blackistone, Ramona Shelburne, and Frank Isola, all then took turns debating James’ future and whether he would really leave the Cavs for the Lakers, as has been discussed recently. None of them seemed to realize that the tweet was a fake, though it’s unclear if they could see the tweet on the screen.
After the show, Reali took the blame for the mishap and defended the cast, noting none of them actually acknowledged the tweet.
I got us @AroundtheHorn burned bad today by a fake tweet (fweet). Uggg this feels the worst.
— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 15, 2017
This was 1000% on me. None of crew referred to tweet, but rather sourced w/real Woj podcast scoop (which was not far off) & their own info.
— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) June 16, 2017
With reports circulating that Wojnarowski may soon be joining ESPN, surely the cast won’t be fooled again in the future.
Watch the clip below: