LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers coach Byron Scott claims he didn’t post a comment on his Instagram account apparently threatening to fight a fan.
Before the Lakers faced Dallas on Tuesday night, Scott said he doesn’t know who wrote the comment on the since-deleted post, which showed the coach working out at a boxing gym.
When a commenter made several comments to Scott appearing to challenge him to a fight, someone logged in as Scott told the commenter to “Bring it … and show your face, don’t hide.”
Scott pleaded ignorance, saying he only learned of the Instagram kerfuffle from his assistant. When asked if his account had been hacked, the 54-year-old former Lakers guard leaned on his oft-discussed lack of interest in modern technology.
“I don’t deal with that electronics stuff,” Scott said. “The technology today, I’m not real up on, but I guess I’ll ask them a little bit more what’s going on with my Instagram and Facebook and all that other stuff.”
Scott said he doesn’t know his social media passwords and rarely uses the accounts himself, instead relying on his employees to run the show.
Scott insisted he doesn’t know whether his account was hacked, or whether an employee posted the comments. Earlier Tuesday, someone posted a message on Scott’s account saying someone “got my password to respond back to a fan as if it were me.”
The affair appeared to provide a rare moment of levity for the coach, whose Lakers began the night with the Western Conference’s worst record at 9-37.
“I got a good kick out of it, though,” Scott said. “When I got to read it, I said, ‘It kind of sounds like me.’ Somebody talking about doing something, ‘Yeah, come on over here.’ I’ve got to ask my guys what’s going on. He told me today, ‘The problem is solved,’ whatever that means.”
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