What was Chris Broussard doing?

Courtesy of the New York Times

Chris Broussard is a basketball writer for ESPN.com. He covers the NBA, including their intense period of free agency between seasons. You’ve probably seen him on tv, and he has more than 489,000 followers on Twitter.

He also has “sources” everywhere.

On Tuesday, two big signings went down that were worthy of major press, starting with Deron Williams’ decision to remain with the Brooklyn Nets. That decision was made via Twitter, where Williams tweeted his decision to re-sign with the Nets.

Broussard tweeted this, minutes later:

Then, later in the day, Eric Gordon and the Phoenix Suns agreed to a multi-year contract, and released a written statement saying, among other things, “I strongly feel they are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is.”

Minutes after I read that statement, I read this:

Twitter is strange in that it’s like the Wild West of media. People copy and paste tweets from other accounts, pictures are taken and re-posted without citation and fake accounts can post misinformation that goes viral. In other words, a lot of people who failed their middle-school research project now have a lot of power.

And when media members mess up, there’s not always a lot of accountability.

As for Broussard, he jetted off to a vacation yesterday, but I’d imagine he’ll have to visit his boss’s office when he gets back. Maybe he did get a direct text from both of these players that was verbatim copied and pasted statements from Twitter, but really — what are the odds of that?

Broussard took an all-too-typical route in response to the attention his tweets received:

If you don’t know me personally, you might not know how sick I am of the word “haters.” But let me just say this: 90 percent of the people who use that word to respond to someone are wrong. This time, journalism was the “hater,” and journalism wasn’t wrong on this one.

Needless to say, the joke is on Broussard.

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