06/26/2015 12:26 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Two NBA Draftees Learned The Hard Way That Their Tweets Are Public

Ah, the NBA Draft. A night for fun. A night for family. A night for friends. A night in which a lifetime of hard work culminates in hearing your name called by the commissioner of the National Basketball Association. And a night for realizing that tweet from four years ago was a pretty stupid idea.

Not one but two first-round draft picks spent at least a few of their first minutes in the league on Thursday frantically deleting tweets on their Twitter accounts after realizing they had been drafted by teams with players they had talked shit about in the past.

The first one was Bobby Portis of Arkansas, who was drafted by an esteemed organization known as the Chicago Bulls. Take the stage, Bobby.

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It's about to go down. (Source: Getty)

Unfortunately for Bobby, he soon remembered (or more likely, was reminded of) a number of tweets he once published mocking Bulls fans and team stars Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol.

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Another tweet he once sent off read: “Where did all these ‘so called’ Derrick Rose/Chicago Bulls fans come from.. Smh.” Portis, who I think we all can safely assume quickly started freaking out, apologized soon after and began to immediately bow down to his new overlords.

Our second mishap revolved around one Larry Nance Jr. of Wyoming, on whom the Los Angeles Lakers used their 27th overall pick in the draft. And, well, here’s the tweet in question, which was deleted just moments after he was selected:


(Bryant was accused of sexual assault in 2003, but he was never found guilty. Bryant settled with his accuser and the case was ultimately dropped.)

No word from Bryant yet, but Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak addressed the situation shortly afterward, basically saying Nance and Bryant are going to have to have a little conversation between the two of them, which sounds horrifying.

Kupchak also added this little pearl of wisdom:

My understanding is that it's something that happened years ago, and in today's world, things don't go away, which really doesn't make it any less offensive because it was said three, four years ago.

Nance, for his part, stuck with the tried and true strategy of ignore, ignore, ignore.

Is there a lesson here? Yes. It’s that your public Twitter accounts are very public. Or it’s that you should keep your account private. Or maybe just don’t say dumb stuff online. Or is it if you think there’s a chance you might one day be in the NBA, don’t talk smack? Unsure, but there must be some lesson here, right? RIGHT?!



2015 NBA Draft