By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
It’s quite easy for Twitter to get high-profile figures in trouble. Perhaps that’s why Danny Ainge mostly avoids it – with his own account, anyway. The Celtics president of basketball ops has tweeted just 10 times in the month of May, including retweets. It’s probably the right way to go about his business, considering what we just witnessed with Roseanne Barr’s dumb, racist attempt at a joke. And now, a different kind of Twitter controversy has erupted with Bryan Colangelo, the Ainge of the Philadelphia 76ers.
A new story in The Ringer found that Philly’s president of basketball ops reportedly has used five different anonymous Twitter accounts to both praise his own moves and criticize his own players and staff. Even execs on rival teams weren’t safe from (allegedly) Colangelo’s attacks.
So what if Ainge also ran a similar underground ring of Twitter eggs just to make himself look good? Better yet, what if he ran a notable fan account? That’s what Barstool Sports’ Dan “Greenie” Greenberg, a frequent guest of the Adam Jones Show on the Sports Hub, theorized on Tuesday night. He tweeted that Ainge is the true identity of popular account @isjanosnba, and Ainge felt compelled to offer a response:
For the uninitiated, @isjanosnba is something of a cult hero among Celtics fans on Twitter. He’s known for his fiery NBA rants, Celtics takes, and consistent F grades, all delivered in his distinctive broken English. Ainge even responded to the account once:
Was Ainge responding to himself? We may never know. Or maybe he just inspired The Ringer to launch another investigation.
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