ESPN Got Tricked Into Airing An Egregiously Fake Comment From "LeBron James" On Anthony Davis' Instagram
On one hand, it is absolutely inexcusable for the "Worldwide Leader in Sports" to get tricked by a fake Instagram comment that was nothing short of outrageously over the top. The internet can definitely be one unforgiving SOB, but I think there are enough hands on deck in Bristol to put in the man hours to double-check the authenticity of something that would serve as a loogie from the deepest, darkest part of LeBron James' throat to the eye-ball of the NBA before blasting it off to millions of people.
On the other hand, it's pretty telling of how much leeway, leverage, and leg room that LeBron James has with the NBA that even one person, never mind a person like Neil Everett who has been at ESPN for damn near two decades, could be fooled by a comment that wouldn't be done justice by the definition of tampering. Even the most gullible of audience offering a "well, maybe..." to the most satirical of satire is an indictment of how insanely obvious the Lakers' pursuit of Anthony Davis has been. Simply put, there should not be a world in which one of the most calculated athletes of all-time publicizing an intentionally punny typo like "cya laker" is seen as anywhere close to remotely realistic.
Long story short, while the sports' media should definitely stay a hell of a lot more suspicious considering the era of online tomfoolery we currently in, player movement in the NBA should probably be just a little less comically collusive if preposterous parodies of it aren't unanimously identifiable as such.