It’s not Jeanie Buss’ fault that her Twitter got hacked. It happens to famous people all the time – or so they all tell us after something embarrassing happens to their accounts.
I sincerely doubt that the owner of one of the most famous sports franchises in the world decided in the middle of the night to scam people into buying Playstation 5s that they will never receive. Committing financial crimes under his verified account to hopefully earn a few thousand dollars? The Buss family don’t have Steve Ballmer’s money, but it’s highly doubtful Jeanie needs a little more accountability inflation increases rents in California.
That doesn’t make it any less hilarious though. Buss hadn’t posted since Bill Russell’s death on Sunday and she retweeted a video of Kobe Bryant talking about him – because it was absolutely necessary for her to mention Bryant at the time. She went to bed on Monday night – likely with her phone on Do Not Disturb – as messages and calls pour in telling her her account was hacked. She then wakes up on Tuesday to see a tweet pinned under her blue tick about her selling PS5 “for charity” and a chance to go to a game.
Chances are the Lakers’ social media director was at work before 9 a.m. today, figuring out how to delete the posts and put the account back under Buss’ control. Oh, social media.
Reminds me of Bad Boys II when the rats ate Johnny Tapia’s money. He acknowledged that it was a very stupid problem to have, “but it’s still a problem”. Here, Buss is with a new coaching staff and most of the same roster as last season went 33-49, featuring the final year of Russell Westbrook’s $205 million contract.
Kawhi Leonard will be back in uniform this season for the Los Angeles Clippers, and she has to fend off a steadily growing Golden State Warriors fan base in her city as they won their fifth championship in eight seasons while the Lakers missed the playoffs in two of the last four. Boot camp starts at the end of next month and what’s his first agenda on the second day of August, trying to regain control of a personal social media account, and his mentions being inundated with jokes about the traded Westbrook for a gambling system. Since the hacker was able to access his account, perhaps the person is also smart enough to have some good ideas on how to trade it. Nothing beats a failure but a try, right?
It’s also Buss’ second social media mishap this summer. The first was not a hack. On the eve of July 4, she decided to Tweeter that he misses Bryant because he understood that everything falls into place as long as the team comes first. It’s not the best decision to make, especially during a slow news cycle season, after your team finished with its worst winning percentage in five years and was a mess for its own “Black Ink Crew” or “Real Housewives” series.
As of 11:15 a.m. the hacker’s tweets had been deleted from her account, she tweeted from the Los Angeles Lakers account that she had been hacked and asked people not to donate any money to the account or engage with him until the Lakers confirm the hacker has been removed.
Maybe it’s time for her to deactivate that account, at least until the Lakers can put together a winning streak in 2022-23. They currently have a starting lineup that includes Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker and Avery Bradley. If the Lakers were the season on a three game losing streak and someone hacked into Buss’ account and tweeted five turd emojis that would be great, but it would also destroy what little team chemistry they have .
While it’s always fun to make Lakers jokes, if TNT wants to put them on TV every other week, I need to be able to take them a bit seriously. Jeanie Buss’ Twitter has little entertaining content.