A little background: Earlier in the weekend word leaked that the Miami Heat superstar would be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for a fourth time. (Big shock, right?) But then word came out that The King may actually be a unanimous MVP, receiving all of the first-place votes. That would be a first in the NBA. Then the word finally became official on Sunday: LeBron James, 2013 NBA MVP, receiving 120 of 121 first-place votes. Immediately the focus turned from the actual MVP to the person who voted for somebody other than LeBron (that other first-place vote went to the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony). Even King James was pondering who it could be.
Thirteen seasons earlier, the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal also received all but one first-place vote, Fred Hickman, then of CNN, casting his vote for Allen Iverson (who finished seventh in the voting that season).
It did not take long for pundits to release statements and take to the airwaves the day after that vote was announced, asking Hickman, ‘WTF, man?’ But that is soooo last decade. It’s 2013, and Twitter rules the day. So on Sunday, the witch hunt for the non-LeBron voter was on. And of course, it didn’t take long for some wise guys to have fun, and others to get a healthy heaping of egg on their face.
And nobody had more fun with the story, and the socialsphere, than Miami sportswriter Dan Le Batard, who, after word reportedly leaked around 6 p.m. ET that he had given his first-place vote to Carmelo Anthony, launched a firestorm with three simple words.
Within seconds, the Twitter haters were bombarding Le Batard with some rather entertaining material, which he then retweeted to the world, including these gems. (Note: Many of the replies are NSFW; for a full view of Le Batard’s tweets, click here.)