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Rodney Harrison's Twitter account is a fake

So . . . about that Rodney Harrison-Kerry Rhodes Twitter war last week?

Yeah, let’s pretend that never happened.

Harrison told our fine bosses at NBC Sports this week that he’s not on Twitter and the account is a fake.  The war of words between Harrison and Rhodes was widely distributed on media outlets after Rhodes engaged the fake Harrison in some back-and-forth throughout the weekend.

We have to give the fake Harrison credit.  Unlike most fake accounts, his responses sounded like things Harrison would actually write.  (His most recent post is to support a diabetes charity.)

In fact, Rhodes initially responded to Harrison because the fake Twitter Rodney repeated something the real Rodney said on ESPN Radio in New York.  Harrison really did say he respected Rhodes as a playmaker, but that the Jets safety wasn’t a tough guy.  Confused yet?

So while we’ve pointed out the pitfalls of Twitter for recent players like Nick Barnett, Robert Henson, and um, Marcus Fitzgerald, the new technology can create problems for dopey media members like us.

UPDATE: The owner of the account admits it’s a fake, but says that everything written on the site was taken from Harrison interviews.

UPDATE II: The fake account had over 5,100 followers when we started this post.  It’s lost 300 followers in 20 minutes. 

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26 Responses to “Rodney Harrison's Twitter account is a fake”
  1. DonTerrelli says: Sep 25, 2009 11:09 AM

    So, I’m wasting my time reading news about what someone may or may not have said on Twitter. I hate Twitter.

  2. realityonetwo says: Sep 25, 2009 11:11 AM

    Sounds like the easy way out: Just say the account’s fake after you’ve built up a ton of bad will…

  3. TheVillain112 says: Sep 25, 2009 11:14 AM

    Of course it’s fake now that the Patriots lost the game.
    Would be nice if came out BEFORE the Patriots lost. It’s not like a guy in the media like Harrison didn’t know/read anything about the twitter feud over the weekend.

  4. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Sep 25, 2009 11:15 AM

    Hey Florio, you dumb ass. Why did you think the account was not verified? Duh! Way to pay attention to the details Mr. Journalist.

  5. Smush Rodrigez says: Sep 25, 2009 11:20 AM

    I think it was HarrisonHits from this site. I also think Vox is running Quincy Carter’s twitter but cannot figure out why no one wants to follow th best Cowboy’s qb since Aikman.

  6. Smush Rodrigez says: Sep 25, 2009 11:21 AM

    I am still following the account, cause that was funny. Well played, sir.

  7. ChicagoJo says: Sep 25, 2009 11:26 AM

    You’re a tool Florio. I can’t believe I frequent a website that has big bold headlines about Twitter accounts.

  8. Child Please! says: Sep 25, 2009 11:27 AM

    UPDATE II: The fake account had over 5,100 followers when we started this post. It’s lost 300 followers in 20 minutes.
    __________________________________
    Is this supposed to impress us? Like your site is that popular? Only complete losers who are addicted to football visit this site…and all those hits you get per day are from the same douche bags clicking reload 75 times a day…such as myself.

  9. TheDudeNH says: Sep 25, 2009 11:27 AM

    I hate twitter. Why does the media have to cover it? No one was covering what people wrote on their MySPace pages three years ago…

  10. scrapdawg12 says: Sep 25, 2009 11:27 AM

    There are tons of fake accounts out there. Thats why I wouldn’t engage in back and forth chatter. Just give the dude a call if you got problems.

  11. PackerFanTastic says: Sep 25, 2009 11:30 AM

    So what does this have to do with Brett Favre and the injury report? How is his recovery from polio, lupus, and a hang nail coming along.

  12. Run1out says: Sep 25, 2009 11:39 AM

    Straight from the “who gives a shit” file. Next time you go to your shrink have them look up your ass cuz thats where your head is! Maybe report the stuff you know is real? Cool idea.

  13. Kidekk says: Sep 25, 2009 11:39 AM

    “Is this supposed to impress us? Like your site is that popular? Only complete losers who are addicted to football visit this site…and all those hits you get per day are from the same douche bags clicking reload 75 times a day…such as myself.”
    ——————-
    Ditto.

  14. ItalianArmyGuy says: Sep 25, 2009 11:43 AM

    Rex Ryan was running Harrison’s fake Twitter account

  15. robrocker says: Sep 25, 2009 11:44 AM

    Mike — you should’ve gotten that football blog associated with NBC SPORTS to ask NBC SPORTS if Rodney Harrison of NBC SPORTS is on Twitter.

  16. east96st says: Sep 25, 2009 11:49 AM

    Is Twitter’s 15 minutes up yet? This got boring weeks ago.

  17. Run1out says: Sep 25, 2009 11:56 AM

    @Child Please!
    Couldn’t have said it better!

  18. scomibord says: Sep 25, 2009 12:22 PM

    # Kidekk says: September 25, 2009 11:39 AM
    “Is this supposed to impress us? Like your site is that popular? Only complete losers who are addicted to football visit this site…and all those hits you get per day are from the same douche bags clicking reload 75 times a day…such as myself.”
    ——————-
    Ditto.
    Me three

  19. Kidekk says: Sep 25, 2009 12:44 PM

    Florio didn’t write this article, but, the site got the hits. That’s all they care about. Just like they haven’t followed up on the fact that Ochocinco paid for 4 endzone tickets for 4 fans so that he could jump into their arm. Why would they want to change their stance on Ocho when they make him out to be a selfish clown?

  20. wvugrad00 says: Sep 25, 2009 12:49 PM

    Twitter is one of the stupidest thing on the net

  21. JSpicoli says: Sep 25, 2009 1:02 PM

    I dont know what is more pathetic, the use of technology to post meaningless, fake messages, or the people that hang on the every word of something that so obviously could be fake.

  22. pats suck, blow and cheat* says: Sep 25, 2009 1:11 PM

    If you want ppl to think your Rodney Harrison tweets are legit, just talk about HGH.

  23. The RBM says: Sep 25, 2009 1:12 PM

    Not sure why people with comments dont fact check themselves since they seem to stress the authors do the same. Mike didn’t author this “article”. Whats bad is that your error takes the bite away from your otherwise compelling take and reduces it to the level of a fake Rodney Harrison Twitter account.
    As far as those non-understanding yet quick to reply individuals who really believes that the purpose of the “updates” were to boast that because of PFTs’ clout, the followers dropped due to this “story”, slow down. It was simply stating since the person who created the account posted it was a fake one, the numbers dropped in 20 minutes.
    Lessons learned:
    Read who authored the article before mentioning specific names
    Think
    The RBM

  24. PimP JuicE MaN says: Sep 25, 2009 1:54 PM

    TWITTER IS GARBAGE, HOW DO YOU KNOW ANYONES ACCOUNT IS REAL.SOMEONE SHOULD GIVE ASHTON KUSHER A REAL GOOD ” FACE MASK ” PENALTY, HE IS THE CAUSE OF ALL THIS.HE SHOULD BE PLAYING WITH DEMI MOORE, NOT TWITTERING…………..

  25. TheWizard says: Sep 25, 2009 2:52 PM

    Glad I haven’t wasted a minute over it.

  26. packers4life says: Sep 26, 2009 1:16 PM

    Who cares what people do on Twitter. It’s nothing but a site that gets hyped up for no reason whatsoever.
    If they can report what they do on Twitter, then they should do the same for their Facebook and Myspace.

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