Source: Giants are close to signing Tim Hudson http://t.co/LwGIWVwDWU
— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) November 18, 2013
Then, one minute later, this:
Giants close with Hudson. Terms 2/23m — John Allen (@JohnAllenKCNBC) November 18, 2013 (deleted, screenshot below)
Which led to:
Since Ken’s a generous guy, he also gave out credit to the site that actually broke the Hudson news and terms. But this isn’t about who broke what news and who got credit. This is about the identity of John Allen of “Sports KCNBC.” When the stove heats up, minor details like “there’s no proof that the person behind the tweet I’m retweeting/favoriting is a real human being” tend to become less important. A suit connected to some call letters is all it takes when the people want rumors and the rumors are semi-plausible.
Especially when those rumors come from a character known as “rival executive,” a wily character who tells Allen things Giants fans want to hear.
Rival exec: “The Hudson contract will end up being the steal of this off season. I know for a fact there was more money out there for him” — John Allen (@JohnAllenKCNBC) November 19, 2013 (deleted, screenshot below)
Exec went on to say he believes Hudson could have gotten both more money and another year if he had waited until Winter Meetings — John Allen (@JohnAllenKCNBC) November 19, 2013 (deleted, screenshot below)
Allen joined Twitter on Nov. 15 and already has over 2,600 followers, and some of them are apparently asking questions.
Request to followers: please do not ask who my sources are. If I tell you, they’ll be your sources, not mine! Thx!
— John Allen (@JohnAllenKCNBC) November 19, 2013 (deleted, screenshot below)
Here’s what Allen looks like on Twitter:
During the start of every major sport’s offseason it seems like thousands of people get fooled by fake accounts with almost-legit names like “John Heyman” or “Adam Shefter.” Unless there’s some sort of misunderstanding, or Allen and Baird are identical twins with different last names and the same suit/shirt/tie combo, it appears that John Allen isn’t a credible news source. He may not even be a real person, since KCNBC doesn’t appear to be a real news outlet.
Update: @JohnAllenKCNBC deleted his account.