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A proposal: When you as an about-to-be-famous person realize that you are, in fact, about to become famous, you need to scroll through your Twitter account —no matter how many years and tweets you go back—and delete most anything that people might find highly offensive. Call it the Trevor Noah rule.
In this day and age, we’re damn sure that when it’s announced that about-to-be-famous person is about to be famous, reporters are going to wade into social media to see what that person previously has had to say—especially if that person is entering the NBA.
Which brings us to Larry Nance Jr., a former Wyoming forward who was selected No. 27 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in Thursday night’s NBA draft. A few years back, Nance tweeted that Kobe Bryant was a rapist, referring to Bryant’s well-publicized sexual assault case in 2003 in Denver. (The case was eventually dropped.)
After the Lakers, who happen to employ Bryant, drafted Nance on Thursday, that tweet was resurrected by the Los Angeles Times.
Ah, deleted but not before it could be saved and distributed around the Internet. Somewhere, Noah knowingly—and sadly—shakes his head.
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.