ESPN’s Jay Williams is on the social media hot seat. On Wednesday, Williams tweeted the news that the Celtics are about to hire Ime Udoka as the team’s new head coach. In a now-deleted tweet, Williams applauded the hiring, adding that Udoka would be “the first colored head coach” for the Celtics.
“The @celtics ‘first colored head coach … and more importantly … he’s a talented person who paid his dues,” was Williams’ tweet.
Unfortunately for Williams, that tweet is not true. The Celtics have had several black head coaches in the organization’s history. The Celtics were, in fact, the first North American professional team to hire a black coach when they made Bill Russell player-coach in 1966. Russell and KC Jones are the only two black coaches in NBA history with multiple championships, and both did so as the Celtics head coaches.
In case Williams overlooked these two legends, Doc Rivers was also the head coach of the Celtics, leading them to a championship in 2008.
Of course, Twitter had a great day with it.
Williams later claimed on Twitter that he was hacked.