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.