Bob Costas was briefly on Twitter, except that he wasn’t really.
A fake Costas account made the rounds Tuesday night under the handle @Real_Bobcostas. Costas’ son initially took to social media to assure people that the account wasn’t his father’s despite it quickly amassing thousands of followers. And Costas himself joined “The Rich Eisen Show” on Wednesday to further clarify that it definitely wasn’t him making a Twitter account.
“Late last night, and then again this morning when I woke up, dozens of text, some claiming it must be real, some saying this can’t be true,” Costas told Eisen on Wednesday. “One said, ‘This is the best indication that hell has frozen over since the ‘04 Red Sox or the 2016 Cubs.’ I am here to assure you the fires of hell are still very much blazing, because I am absolutely not on Twitter. They have taken the bogus account down.”
Per his son (and pretty much if you have ever watched/heard Bob Costas): The Twitter account below is fake. But it shows you how easily you can get a big follower account with a fake. pic.twitter.com/gL0NDR7CuH
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 9, 2020
Costas went on to give Eisen a list of things he would rather do than join Twitter. Here’s the list:
- Binge-watch “The Real Housewives of Orange County”
- Hire Rudy Giuliani as his personal attorney
- Make a return trip to Sochi to relive his pink-eye episode
- Star in a sequel to “BASEketball”
- Visit the NFL Combine
Costas also pointed out that the fake account couldn’t even get his Emmy total right. It short-changed Costas seven, writing that he’d won 21 instead of the accurate 28.
“Look, I’m a reasonably self-effacing guy, but would I knowingly short-change myself seven Emmys?” Costas said. “The guy couldn’t even get the number of Emmys right! If you’re going to pull a scam, put your ducks in a row.”
The fake Costas account also used its brief time on the web before Twitter suspended it to put out NFL power rankings. Costas doesn’t follow the NFL very closely these days, he said Wednesday.
“You know that I have no idea how to rank teams 1-5 in 2020 in the NFL,” Costas said. “If my life depended on naming the coach of every NFL team and their starting quarterback, I’d begin making out my will and testament.”
Moral of the story: Don’t make fake Twitter accounts.