Before posting a tweet about the Celtics hiring Ime Udoka, Jay Williams didn’t seem to have done his homework.
The ESPN analyst quickly found himself in a dilemma and posted a tweet from his verified account claiming that Udoka was the team’s “first head coach of color.”
This is the deleted tweet:
Of course, Udoka is not the first head coach of color for the Celtics. In fact, when the Celtics appointed Bill Russell as a player and coach on April 16, 1966, they were the first NBA team to hire a non-white coach.
Recently, Rivers led the Celtics to an NBA championship during the ten years of coaching the Celtics (2004-13 season).
In its 75-year history, Boston hired five coaches of color before Udoka: Russell, Rivers, Tom Sanders, KC Jones and ML Carr.
Williams tweeted on Wednesday night that someone else made the post.
Because it is related to the Boston Celtics tweet from my account a few hours ago…I didn’t post it, my password has now been changed.
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) June 23, 2021
The original post naturally caused a sensation on social media, as Twitter users mocked him for not conducting a fact-check on his claims.
Jay Williams’ tweets can’t be true
— #1 #SNOWFALLFX Fans in life (free melody) (@VanLathan) June 23, 2021
Jay Williams did not say that Imeudoka was the first black Boston Celtics coach. Do not. Be sure to edit the picture😂😂
— 73-9 They lied 🏁 (@CuffsTheLegend) June 23, 2021
Jay Williams also deleted his tweet congratulating the Dodgers on signing their first player of color
-David Steele (@David_C_Steele) June 23, 2021
Jay Williams was the first person to convincingly prove that our discussion of the 2008 Celtics was not sufficient.
— Anthony Doyle (@Anthonysmdoyle) June 23, 2021
For Williams, this has been a difficult month. In early June, Kevin Durant called him out and said that ESPN analysts’ story about Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo was “Damn lies.”
Williams responded that he was praising Durant.
“I may be wrong to share a personal story, but this is what we do-we share a personal story,” Williams said. “It’s a compliment. It’s hierarchical. It’s about showing how different KD is. Unfortunately, KD felt that way at that moment, but I hope KD has nothing but love and all success. “