76ers Head Coach Doc Rivers’ Twittergate Scandal Shows Not Even The Coach Is Safe Online?

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Social media is the new way to track your favorite celebrity’s interests, and sometimes you learn a little too much from what they “like.” That happened to Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers, who raised eyebrows when his Twitter account began to like sexually explicit tweets.

On Friday night, the world started detecting some weird energy emanating from Doc Rivers’ Twitter account. The internet detectives monitoring the abnormal behavior couldn’t believe that the Sixers coach “liked” adult content.

Shortly afterward, reports came that the Sixers coach’s account was hacked.

“I’m told Doc Rivers’ Twitter account was hacked and the Sixers were able to undo the likes and they are getting his account back to full working order,” NBC Sports Philadelphia reporter John Clark posted. “Doc was informed by a friend about the bizarre activity on his account and it is being taken care of by the team.”

The reports were coming in hot as the team insiders scrambled to explain the account’s activity.

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“Confirmed through a source that Doc Rivers’ Twitter account was compromised, and the team was working overnight to address it,” posted Paul Hudrick, editor of the Liberty Ballers, a Sixers blog. “All of the content has since been unliked, and Rivers has full access to his account again.

“The issue wasn’t easily solved as there were problems with resetting his password, and the team had to work with Twitter to resolve,” Hudrick continued on Twitter.

There is a rich history of figures associated with the NBA reporting they have been hacked after embarrassing activity on their Twitter accounts. One recent example was when ESPN NBA analyst Jay Williams caught heat from fans when he tweeted that Ime Udoka’s June 2021 hiring by the Boston Celtics made him the first head coach of color in the history of the franchise. When people began to point out that the fact was wildly wrong, Williams promptly claimed that he had been hacked.

Rivers, 60, is the head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, the fourth NBA team he has coached. Previously he coached the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Clippers, amassed a 1,043-735 record in 1,778 regular-season games. In 2008, Rivers led the Boston Celtics to a championship.

In Rivers’ first two seasons with the Sixers, the team went 100-54, reaching the playoffs twice. However, they failed to advance past the second round in each outing. Now the Sixers are entering the 2022-23 season with 17-1 odds to win the NBA championship on FanDuel. It will be the first full year of the pairing of James Harden and Joel Embiid together in Philly.

The Sixers are entering the new season as the seventh favorite to take the title behind the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, and Phoenix Suns. Last season, they showed their potential, but injuries stifled their growth. The team hopes their bet on James Harden will take them to the Finals.

Rivers’ track record is impeccable, as his teams reached the playoffs in 18 of his 23 seasons as head coach, including 14 of the past 15. Now with the thought that River was an undercover Twitter freak ostensibly put to rest, the team is focused on the task at hand, getting to a championship.


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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.