No doubt, there are a lot of parody accounts on Twitter, and trust me when I say there are a lot of good ones out there.
Recently, a NBA parody account received some national attention. The big story this week involves Chris Brousard, no not the ESPN NBA reporter with two S’s in his name. “Brousard” earlier this week tweeted a report that Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and a couple of draft picks had been traded to the Sacramento Kings for Tyreke Evans and the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft.
Naturally, as you might imagine, folks in Boston were in full-fledged panic mode.
This also happened earlier this year to the official Sportscenter Twitter account of all things. In March, Adarn Schefter, as far as we know there is no relation to Adam Schefter, tweeted a report that Tim Tebow had been traded to the Jaguars. Well the Sportscenter twitter account picked it up and retweeted it as breaking news.
We were able to get an exclusive interview with “Chris Brousard” via twitter, and he was able to answer a few questions for us:
ONR: What interested you in creating the account and why did you choose Broussard?
Brousard: I was inspired by the first big troll, which was the Adarn Shefter report about Tebow going to Jacksonville. Schefter is only NFL so there was a wide open opportunity for the NBA slot.
ONR: Was that your first choice for the Twitter handle? Were there other “Broussard” handles available?
Brousard: That was my first choice, considering it should look as similar to the original as possible to fool the most people and most people don’t even know that it’s spelled with two “s”. So it looks as legit as possible.
During his answer, I was an idiot and went on to ask a follow-up about the s’s, only to realize afterward he wasn’t finished yet. He did provide this after though.
Brousard: The key to any successful troll is to seem like the real account.
ONR: Your first tweet was the Pau Gasol rumor. What kind of attention did that draw?
Brousard: Very minor, information didn’t really leave Twitter, I think it was maybe 40 retweets or so. Only fooled a few people.
ONR: It definitely fooled one person at least, from the Brousarding twitter picture you posted.
Brousard: Haha, that was just to show people that it was at least a little effective. you can’t imagine the amount of comments made on my troll tweets from yesterday and today.
ONR: On to the Rondo tweet…That got big! Were you surprised with how much attention it got?
Brousard: Ha, if you mean did I expect NESN to write about it & get the real Broussard forced to clear his name, then no. Didn’t expect it.
ONR: That one definitely fetched you a lot of retweets.
Brousard: yeah, people get caught up in news they were afraid to hear about for months (Rondo trade), and don’t bother to check the source
ONR: Which was more surprising: The story on NESN or that Broussard had to clear his name?
Brousard: At the time, both seemed crazy and I didn’t rank one about the other. maybe Broussard, but both were awesome.
ONR: I know you tweeted Broussard. Did he respond? Did you receive any reply or DM of any kind?
Brousard: Nothing. Only sort of reaction he showed was that tweet saying the report was false. Would’ve been cool though.
ONR: Is there anything you hope comes out of this? Like maybe people paying closer attention on Twitter?
Brousard: If they do, then my fun is gone. just want to continue making people laugh through successful trolls.
ONR: Any favorite [parody/troll] you like?
Brousard: The only other real successful ones I know of are @AdarnSchefter and @stephenasmifh. I like them.
ONR: I’ll leave you with this. Anything new to report from the league sources?
Brousard: heh, my sources tell me there should be something very soon. Thank you for having me, I enjoyed it a lot.