Someone is using a photo of ESPN host Bomani Jones to catfish folks on Tinder.


Someone is using photos of a ESPN host Bomani Jones to catfish people on Tinder

'How you gonna try to catfish with a dude who's on ESPN five days a week?'


Eilish O'Sullivan

Internet Culture

Published May 8, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 1:01 pm CDT

The only thing weirder than getting catfished might be getting catfished by someone trying to impersonate your friend. That’s exactly what happened to columnist Jamilah Lemieux, who found someone using a photo of her friend, ESPN host Bomani Jones, on Tinder.

“I’ve had a lot of blessings in my life but someone trying to catfish me with pixilated photos of my actual friend is a special one,” Lemieux wrote on Twitter.

The catfish, who goes by Phil on Tinder, wrote that he is an attorney in his bio.

“Not looking for anything long-term but am willing to make time for some fun if we connect,” Phil wrote. “Swipe right, let’s enjoy a night (you can do what you normally do tomorrow).”

The real Jones is not an attorney but a popular host of the ESPN show High Noon, which airs five days a week. Jones took the whole thing in stride, changing his Twitter profile name to “I am not Phil” in response.

Jones discussed the catfishing on an episode of High Noon. He said all the photos Phil is using were taken professionally.

“If this ain’t helping you get there buddy, I don’t know what the hell chance I got,” Jones said.

He is also curious about what Phil is really like. “What if Phil’s Caucasian?” Jones asked.

People just couldn’t get over the fact that Phil is trying to catfish people using a well-known media personality’s photos.


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*First Published: May 8, 2019, 10:09 pm CDT