Add former Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker's name to the list of (soon-to-be) professional athletes who have had their Twitter accounts hacked. It's become the go-to explanation anytime something untoward, defamatory or embarrassing makes its way onto Twitter, akin to disgraced public officials leaving office to "spend more time with their family."
But Fluker, whose NFL future will be determined Thursday, does indeed appear to be a victim here. The tweet in question read: "Yea I took $ n college so wat. I did wat i had to do. Agents was tryin to pimp me so I pimped them. Cast da 1st stone."
To which Fluker's agent promptly responded (via Twitter, naturally):
To all followers of @djfluker76 his account has been hacked. We will rue activate his account after the draft.— Deryk Gilmore (@DerykGilmore) April 23, 2013
There's more. Gilmore provided details to AL.com's Don Kausler. “We know who did this,” he said. “This is totally fiction, but I'm waiting to get some proof. I've been on the phone with Twitter.”
Yes, it is with some irony that Gilmore used the phone to communicate with the Twitter folks. Either way, he didn't name the hacker but made it clear Fluker had nothing to do with it.
“I'll tell you, of course, this wasn't him,” Gilmore told Kausler. “It was bull (bleep), and it's a shame. And anyone who believes it was him and wants to believe the worst, you go ahead and do it.
“I mean, my company has an outstanding reputation. This kid, we didn't even give him a guarantee to sign with us. We gave him nothing. My whole point is that for all the people who are out there saying the worst, let them believe the worst.”
At the very least, we think the whole online hacking phenomenon should be incorporated into the Wonderlic. "Is your Twitter password actually 'password'?" seems like a good place to start.