ESPN was recently duped by a fake sports news outlet that is achieving a growing reputation for tricking the professionals. “Ballsack Sports” frequently posts absurd, made-up quotes on their Twitter account. Several legitimate news sources have fallen for their tricks in the past.
The latest involved a quote by Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant. According to the original tweet, Morant fictiously said that Michael Jordan would be just another player in today’s NBA. The fake quote was shared on ESPN’s “This Just In.”
“If you put MJ in today’s game he’s just another superstar. We got me, Steph, Luka, Dame, Trae — and then guys like Bron, KD, Giannis, Kawhi — it’s not just one superstar and a bunch of you know, average dudes, you feel?”
There was a legitimate quote from Ja Morant about Michael Jordan going around, as well. In a Bleacher Report article, Morant said that he thinks he could beat MJ one-on-one. ESPN got the two mixed up.
The segment cited Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report’s interview as the source. Rooks quickly took to social media to respond. ESPN’s David Jacoby quickly issued an apology to Rooks, Ja Morant, and the public in general.
ESPN has long touted itself as the “Worldwide Leader In Sports,” but this time, that reputation didn’t hold up. It was a simple mistake, and Jacoby isn’t likely to be the last to fall victim. Nevertheless, ESPN is hearing it from sports fans around the world today after their embarrassing gaffe.
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