A couple of hours before last night’s draft lottery, Dikembe Mutombo sent a tweet congratulating the Sixers for getting the number one pick. Lottery conspiracy theorists latched onto it, saying that it was proof the lottery is rigged (and Dikembe was in the know for some reason). Someone at the lottery party half-joked that if the Sixers didn’t get the number one pick, it was because Dikembe let it slip. But really, his fingers are just too big for tweeting.
“I want to let people know there was no conspiracy,” Dikembe told the AP’s Brian Mahoney:
On Tuesday afternoon, he received an email from the Sixers organization asking him if he would post a congratulatory message on Twitter if the 76ers won.
The email, obtained by AP, showed some sample tweets that could be used. He copied and pasted one onto his Twitter page — but then immediately sent it.
“It was like maybe 30 seconds, then I realized, ‘Whoa! What did I do here?'” he said. “But it was too late. It was out in the air.”
Mutombo quickly deleted the tweet, which included a picture of himself and Allen Iverson, his teammate when the 76ers went to the 2001 NBA Finals. He soon posted another tweet saying he was just excited and had gotten ahead of himself, but was still hoping for a Sixers victory.
His story checks out. And while I’m sure other organizations do the same thing, emailing former players asking them to congratulate you if you get the top pick (and even sending sample tweets) is the cheesiest thing in the world.