The “digital branding agency” for Paul Pierce claims this morning that four recent Tweets taunting the Orlando Magic from Pierce’s verified Twitter account did not come from the Celtics player.
Athlete Interactive, which coordinates Pierce’s Twitter account, Tweeted Wednesday:
Tweets on May 18, 2010 from @paulpierce34 are not Paul Pierce. The account was hacked. Twitter has been notified and is investigating.
Orlando-based WFTV producer Tara Manis added on Twitter, “I saw him talking to other reporters when these were sent… no cell in hand.”
Pierce also addressed the matter himself on his Twitter account Wednesday morning, Tweeting, “Hacked in game and post game while on podium. Disregard chatter.”
After the Celtics defeated the Magic in Orlando to take a 2-0 lead in the playoff series, Dwight Howard was asked by a reporter about an alleged Pierce Tweet that said, “Anyone have a BROOM?”
Howard said, “Pride comes before a fall.”
The apparent Twitter hack was the latest distraction for a high profile pro athlete thanks to participation in a social networking site.
Last week Arizona Cardinals lineman Darnell Dockett was seen showering online after announcing it on his Twitter account. Dockett apologized to his teammates this week for the display, along with lamenting his misjudgement to the Phoenix media.