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Jeff Passan’s Twitter Account Hacked While MLB Lockout Continues

“The irony is if Jeff Passan tried to get into his account and failed, the result is a lockout…”

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Virtually none of the news and social media updates regarding the MLB lockout, and negotiations between baseball team owners and players, has been entertaining. But a bit levity was finally introduced the conversation on Thursday when ESPN baseball reporter Jeff Passan’s Twitter account was hacked.

It’s possible that Passan’s account will be reclaimed and corrected by the time this post publishes and the hacked tweets will be deleted. Just in case that happens, here is a screencap of the tweet currently pinned at the top of the @JeffPassan timeline.

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[UPDATE: Passan’s Twitter account appears to have been restored, with the hacked tweets removed from his timeline.]

Passan’s Twitter account was hacked by someone (a group?) associated with the Skulltoons account promoting NFTs of artist Teodoru Badiu’s work. Or the hacker was a diehard fan or disrupter looking to cause some trouble.

The @SkulltoonsNFT account claims to have nothing to do with the hack, saying that someone is trying to scam its community on Twitter and Discord.

The hack comes at a terribly inconvenient time for Passan and baseball fans, who could have news to report at any moment regarding labor negotiations between MLB owners and the players union. What if the labor dispute was actually resolved while Passan’s Twitter account was unavailable, after all of the hours, days, months, and weeks he’s spent covering this story?

(OK, the lockout being resolved is probably as much of a fantasy as whatever NFT, Crypto thing Skulltoons has to offer. But still.)

An ESPN spokesperson told the New York Post‘s Ryan Glasspiegel, “We’re in the process of addressing it.”

As you might expect, Baseball Twitter had some laughs with the whole matter, most of them at Passan’s expense.

Pat McAfee had some fun with the hack as well.

The Twitter hack comes during a rough period for Passan, who was reprimanded by ESPN for a profane remark he made on the ESPN Daily podcast about the MLB labor negotiations that favorably viewed the players’ side of the dispute.

Being perceived as supporting the players, rather than being objective, has opened Passan up to criticism throughout sports media and sports media. WFAN’s Craig Carton was among those denouncing Passan for what he saw as a lack of objectivity.

Unless Passan has actually decided to go from reporting on baseball for ESPN into the NFT and Crypto business, this Twitter hack will likely be resolved soon. Then he can return to sharing incremental progress being made and slight offers being exchanged back and forth, along with frustrations over the lockout continuing. At least there was some brief fun to be had, however.

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John Skipper: Media Has Not Treated Adam Silver Like He’s Teflon

“I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

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Dan Le Batard hosted an interesting conversation on his Thursday show examining the performance of NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the press conference in which he announced the suspension of Suns owner Robert Sarver. David Samson and John Skipper joined Le Batard in the discussion.

Samson, former president of Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, said of Silver “it’s amazing the level of Teflon he’s had, and I don’t know that it’s deserved in any way.” He added that the NBA commissioner’s performance was “not very well workshopped” when addressing the media.

John Skipper, co-founder of Meadowlark Media, acknowledged that the performance was not strong. He said that it was clear that Adam Silver was frustrated by the limitations his job put on what he could do about someone behaving in a way that he did not think was appropriate for the NBA. He did pushback on the idea that Silver had been immune from criticism.

“I’m not sure that I accept that he’s Teflon-like,” Skipper said. “He’s actually made most of the right decisions and done most of the right things and he’s gotten credit for that. I don’t think anyone has hesitated to criticize him when he has done things that are controversial or difficult. Certainly, our friends at FOX News have not provided him with a Teflon coating.”

Samson smiled during the answer, which Skipper addressed by acknowledging that Samson knows that Skipper is friends with Adam Silver. The Meadowlark boss called himself an “apologist” for Silver, but added

“I mostly think he’s done a fabulous job. If you want to hold up what commissioner has done most of the right things in the last seven or eight years, he’s not Teflon-coated, but he has a tremendous track record, which I think deserves our support.”

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Chris Long Tells Jim Rome He’s Gambled on Games to Keep Him Interested For His Podcast

“So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested…”

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Placing bets on NFL games adds a whole other layer to the NFL viewing experience, and Super Bowl champion Chris Long understands that.

Long, who is not that far removed from his playing days in the league, was a guest on The Jim Rome Podcast, and said he initially considered gambling on football as something to compete at after retiring.

But now that he’s had some time to better learn the ins and outs of wagering, he’s become wiser and better informed. It’s helped him when talking about gambling on his own podcast, Green Light with Chris Long.

“I want to be responsible and give out good picks,” Long said. “I don’t want to just throw stuff out there because I’m getting paid by a casino. I’m really interested in the artform of gambling if that makes any sense.”

Long added that having that wagering itch definitely keeps him enthralled in watching football all day like a lot of other NFL fans, even those games people generally think won’t be that good competitively ahead of time.

He said it’s definitely helped with his show.

“I’m not even gonna lie, dude, sometimes you get burned out by football, right? I played it for a long time, now I’m covering it. So you’re like alright I need to do my job tonight, and I’m tired I want to go to bed, but maybe I’ll just throw a couple hundred bucks on the Jaguars,” Long said. “And now I’m invested and I can do my job more effectively because I’m gonna be glued to the TV. So like in a weird way it’s held me a little bit more accountable when it comes to staying on my game.”

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Shams Charania Signs New Contracts to Remain with Stadium and The Athletic

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

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After speculation over his future, NBA insider Shams Charania is not going somewhere new.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported Wednesday night that Charania has signed new contracts to remain at Stadium/Bally Sports and The Athletic.

Shams joined those outlets in 2018 and had agreed to two other deals with them in that span.

Shams has been an integral piece in the growth and evolution of Stadium, elevating our content across both digital media and television experiences,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. “He is one of the finest professionals and people in our industry, and we are truly excited to continue building upon our longstanding and trusted relationship.”

Charania, 28, is an integral part of Stadium/Bally Sports NBA coverage. He makes regular appearances on the Sinclair-owned networks on shows like Inside the Association and The Rally.

Shams has not yet addressed the news on his Twitter account, which has 1.8 million followers.

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