D.J. Fluker's simple tweet on Monday night, since deleted and explained away as the work of a hacker, will generate a little bit of discussion and some controversy.
Fluker, the massive offensive tackle from Alabama who will likely be a first-round pick in the NFL draft this week, had a randomly timed and surprising message on his Twitter account. The original tweet was deleted but it was preserved by a few people, including the Every Day Should Be Saturday blog:
Well, we all could have guessed what was coming next. Fluker's agent had the explanation:
To all followers of @djfluker76 his account has been hacked. We will re-activate his account soon. Thank you for your support.
— Deryk Gilmore (@DerykGilmore) April 23, 2013
Of course. In fairness, the tweet about getting paid while at Alabama didn't quite fit in with the rest of Fluker's timeline, which includes more than a few religious messages. And the tweet in question seemed to pretty much come out of left field. Accounts do get hacked from time to time, it's just easy to be skeptical when that is the go-to excuse for every regrettable tweet that has been sent out since Twitter was invented.
Fluker's agent had more to say on Tuesday morning, in a phone interview with AL.com, and said his company is aware who hacked the account but had called Twitter and was waiting for proof before before saying who it was:
“I’ll tell you, of course, this wasn’t him,” Gilmore said, according to AL.com. “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.”
So make what you will of Fluker's tweet and his excuse. It seems wise to predict that Alabama haters won't give him a free pass.