The NBA has launched an investigation into referee Eric Lewis over the potential use of a burner Twitter account, NBA writer Marc Stein reported Friday. The account in question has posted many times in defense of both Lewis and referees in general, prompting the league to take a closer look at the situation and sending the rest of the basketball world into disarray.
LeBron James was one of the first major figures to weigh in on the matter, taking to Twitter on Saturday to question just exactly what was going on with the investigation. The Lakers star wasn’t the only one as NBA Twitter had a field day with the rumors of a burner account belonging to one of the league’s officials.
With an investigation now underway, social media was in hysterics. Clearly, fans were upset over the discovery of the burner account, but that didn’t prevent them from firing off a deluge of jokes at the official’s expense.
Eric Lewis after purposely missing calls for the Celtics: pic.twitter.com/bEm7zIfiVh— The Pettiest Laker Fan 🤫 (@ThePettiestLA) May 27, 2023
Eric Lewis will pay. pic.twitter.com/jFvEo2Trcs— َ (@HoodiGuWop) May 27, 2023
NBA meeting with Eric Lewis pic.twitter.com/BTRRfZnbf1— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) May 27, 2023
Eric Lewis should’ve been fired right after this game— ²³ (@LeBronLegacy23) May 27, 2023
Celtics are 22-4 in games he's officiated pic.twitter.com/2H6GHnEIGs
Woke up and still can’t believe Eric Lewis has been defending his calls to Lakers fans with a burner this entire time 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/oNQ6uZdIEB— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) May 27, 2023
“Eric Lewis has been fired by the NBA” pic.twitter.com/MiSYlqrRiH— 𝓛𝓛💫 (@HoodiiBron) May 27, 2023
Other NBA officials exposing Eric Lewis pic.twitter.com/x64yRlB4XA— Randy🍻 (@RanD4Real) May 27, 2023
The NBA is investigating referee Eric Lewis. There is also a twitter burner account this is potentially belonging to Eric Lewis. This is incredible to see! pic.twitter.com/UXgoxhIf4B— Aidan LaPorta (@aidanlaporta69) May 27, 2023
This Eric Lewis 💩 true??? 🤨— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 27, 2023
If Eric Lewis wasn’t under investigation, Lebron is going to make sure that he will be pic.twitter.com/DhkvAPS6gE— Pepé Silvia ⚜️ (@SlayYoung23) May 27, 2023
In the past, a burner account belonging to former 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo caused quite the stir within the league. Now, an account connected to Lewis is firmly in the league’s crosshairs.