I’m one of the 153 followers of Hasheem Thabeet’s protected Twitter account. His teammate, John Lindner, assured me it was real after I expressed doubts about his original announcement of his teammates’ Twitters.
As such, I’m one of the 153 people who got this tweet (it will be protected) late last night. And, probably, one of the most puzzled. (NSFW language ahead.)
You see, what you can’t see there is what you can see here:
That would have been enough to spark a huge production if Thabeet hadn’t cleared it up shortly afterward (same deal on the protected tweet):
This, as an April Fools’ joke, is pretty good. Thabeet getting busted for failing a drug test during the week of the Final Four, an event that could bring his UConn Huskies a national championship and earn him NBA millions would be an enormous news item, whether it broke after Letterman or during The View, and the media firestorm this could touch off would be embarrassing if it had been picked up and subsequently revealed as ersatz. (Instead, it got a minor bump from Twitter’s band of insomniacs.)
But UConn’s program is battling recruiting shadiness and recovering from an unfortunate post-game eruption from gruff coach Jim Calhoun. I doubt their star mouthing off in salty tones on Twitter about a fictional failed drug test, even facetiously, is going to be a laughing matter.
Count on this being a conversation topic today and one more reason college athletes will be getting Twitter instruction with their Facebook/MySpace tutorials next fall.