Did ESPN Troll the Patriots With Spygate/DeflateGate Emoji Tweet Following MNF?
After beating the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football, 20-13, the New England Patriots refused to send one of their players to take part in the post-game interview with ESPN’s MNF crew.
This probably irked the people at “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” so they seemingly did what any angry party with a twitter account would do: They trolled.
Here’s a Tweet from SportsCenter’s Twitter account, which was posted following the Pats’ victory:
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 24, 2015
From the looks of it, this could be interpreted as a shot at the Patriots’ involvement in Spygate and Deflategate (hence the video camera and football emojis). That’s what most of the Twitterverse seemed to believe:
So @espn doesn’t get their postgame interview so like whiney preteens they tweet out a Spygate/Deflategate emoji jab.
— Adam Bogdan (@PatriotsInform) November 24, 2015
— Rich Hill (@PP_Rich_Hill) November 24, 2015
— David Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) November 24, 2015
However, as Uproxx has pointed out, this is less likely a jab at the Patriots’ cheating ways, and more likely a critique of the game flow during Monday night’s contest between the Pats and Bills, which had enough video reviews to make the game nearly unwatchable. Hence the “football-review-football-review…” emoji, which is actually quite clever on ESPN’s part.
That’s the theory I’m choosing to go with. But whatever the case may be, I think we can all agree that there was most definitely some trolling going on via the ESPN Twitter account following last night’s game.
As for who was being trolled, well, I’ll allow you to come to your own conclusions.
Hat Tip – [Uproxx]