The Heat traded up in the draft to select Shabazz Napier, the Connecticut point guard that helped lead his team to a national championship.
LeBron James, who was still undecided about free agency at the time, approved, and had been high on Napier’s ability ever since the NCAA tournament.
But James ultimately left Miami to return to Cleveland, and once that happened, Napier unfollowed LeBron, and deleted some tweets referencing the Heat superstar.
At Summer League, Napier said, however, that this particular decision wasn’t his.
From James Ham of ESPN.com:
“The whole thing about that is I don’t know how to work Twitter yet and I’m not on my Twitter, so I don’t know where that came from,” Napier said following the Heat’s 85-83 loss to the Washington Wizards at Las Vegas Summer League.
Napier joined Twitter on June 25, a day before he was drafted by the Heat. He followed James shortly thereafter. But days after James decided to return to Cleveland, the point guard’s account, @ShabazzNapier, no longer follows James’ account, @KingJames, and any tweets sent toward James have been removed.
“I don’t pay attention to it,” Napier said. “It gets brought to me by family members, but I don’t pay any attention to it. I just think it’s how it is. Media wants something to bite on.”
This isn’t exactly “my account was hacked,” which is the go-to response for athletes who experience any form of controversy tied to their social media accounts.
But it’s a close second.
Author who trashed LeBron now lauds him