Hours before the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, former Philadelphia 76ers center Dikembe Mutombo sent out this tweet congratulating the team on getting the No. 1 overall pick.
Mutombo deleted the tweet and apologized. However, the Sixers did end up getting top pick, leading to many people think this is a big conspiracy. Of course, the draft lottery is not new to these conspiracies. It's been going ever since 1985.
Mutombo played for the 76ers during his Hall of Fame career and now works for the NBA as a global ambassador. On Tuesday afternoon, he received an email from the Sixers organization asking him if he would post a congratulatory message on Twitter if the 76ers won.
The email, obtained by AP, showed some sample tweets that could be used. He copied and pasted one onto his Twitter page — but then immediately sent it.
“It was like maybe 30 seconds, then I realized, ‘Whoa! What did I do here?’” he said. “But it was too late. It was out in the air.”
Mutombo quickly deleted the tweet, which included a picture of himself and Allen Iverson, his teammate when the 76ers went to the 2001 NBA Finals. He soon posted another tweet saying he was just excited and had gotten ahead of himself, but was still hoping for a Sixers victory.