In the past, NBA players have been caught using burner accounts on Twitter to defend themselves on the social media platform, however, this may be the first time that a league official was caught doing it.
Recently, NBA referee Eric Lewis was caught using a burner to argue with fans who had problems with some of his calls. Quickly, NBA fans around the world began to make jokes about the situation at Lewis’s expense, and even LeBron James would join in on the fun. He took to Twitter to post a tweet saying, “This Eric Lewis s**t true???”.
While this may not seem like a serious offense on the surface, Lewis would end up facing some harsh consequences for this.
While he was one of the game officials in the four past NBA Finals, he did not make the cut this season, and it likely was a result of his social media posts. Along with this, the league is now even investigating Lewis. NBA spokesman Mike Bass was quoted as saying, “Regarding Eric Lewis and the social media posts, we are continuing to review the matter and he will not be working the Finals”.
It will be very interesting to see how this situation plays out and what the NBA finds from its investigation of the veteran official. While being left out of officiating the Finals may end up being punishment enough, if the league finds more damaging evidence, Lewis could be further suspended into the 2023-24 season.
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