- Former Phoenix Suns player Rex Chapman has been living a new life for several years as a ‘Twitter Celebrity’ where he has a reputation of sharing viral videos owned by others without credit to the content creator
- Chapman was a member of the Suns organization from 1996-2000, his last stop in the NBA, and he knows Suns owner Robert Sarver personally
- After ESPN released its report of Robert Sarver’s alleged racism and misogyny, Rex Chapman took to Twitter to defend Sarver and he got torched by his followers for it
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The biggest story in the NBA right now is the ESPN bombshell report about Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver. I’d go as far as saying it’s the only story in the NBA right now.
They interviewed over 70 former and current Suns employees about the “toxic and sometimes hostile workplace” which included the owner allegedly using the ‘n-word’ and this insane anecdote was in the report:
nah this is wild pic.twitter.com/v6yLlIKk4n
— Haynes (@haynes_uno) November 4, 2021
If you’ve spent much time on Twitter then there’s a solid chance you’ve seen a Rex Chapman viral tweet. Chapman is a former NBA player who famously struggled with addiction before turning his life around. And these days he’s labeled by some as a ‘social media influencer’ because he spends all day on Twitter grabbing other people’s videos and tweets them as his own, and recycles old viral tweets and passes them off as new.
It’s one of those Twitter accounts where when you first see it you’re like ‘oh, this is great’ and then time goes on and it loses all appeal. Well, he took to Twitter to defend Phoenix Suns owner and immediately got torched by his followers. He went with the ‘I know him and he’s not racist to me’ defense:
I read the article on Robert Sarver. Want to say that I’ve known Robert for nearly twenty years. Since he bought the Suns. He’s highly competitive. He can be tough. Even abrasive at times. He’s unique. He’s had his growing-pains as an owner. 1/2
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 4, 2021
But the Robert Sarver I know is not a racist. I couldn’t and wouldn’t put up with it. The people he’s hired with Suns and Mercury over the past two decades have been amazingly diverse. 2/2
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 4, 2021
Chapman’s followers were quick to point out the ‘it never happened to me so it must never happen to anyone else’ logic going on here despite SEVENTY people being interviewed.
Rex Chapman Roasted On Twitter For Defending Robert Sarver
Stick to swiping content.
— Brian P. Hickey (@BrianPHickey) November 4, 2021
Damn Rex. You falling on the sword for no reason.
— NIKKI PARKER STAN ACCOUNT (@StillthinkingSK) November 4, 2021
70 people were interviewed. Maybe sit this one out Rex
— Clay Hardy 🏀 📇 (@_ClayHardy) November 4, 2021
— JRod (@jrod_1011) November 4, 2021
Rex people have sides to them, just because you didn’t see it, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen
— Drey (@edreyheras) November 4, 2021
Rex, it's probably best to just let the folks who put up with stuff take the floor on this one.
— Night Winds (@nightwindsmusic) November 4, 2021
Rex, this is not normal boundaries for an employer?
People were contemplating suicide as a result of how toxic that workplace was! C'mon man, 70 people interviewed! pic.twitter.com/4xeeSen7mz
— 🌵🏀 (@Not_Bob_Sarver) November 4, 2021
This ain't it bro.
— ¿arash? (@az_maestro_) November 4, 2021
— Scott Coleman (@scottyco21) November 4, 2021
not for nothing, and again you should know this, but "he can be tough, even abrasive at times" is how people justify monsters and abusers. Honestly, it's like a battered spouse defending her husband to the police.
— Steve (@FrischerSteve) November 4, 2021
Sit this one out, Rex.
— Chase 'n' Waterfalls (@thrillathechase) November 4, 2021
UGHH!! I knew this poor take was coming, but I still cringe reading it. Rex, “he can be tough, abrasive” is TEXTBOOK rationalization of destructive behavior. You saw the warning signs, and you chose to – and continue to – ignore them. Reflect, brother.
— Joe Rogan is literally 5-foot-3 (@FingerWag4Life) November 4, 2021
Rex man stop posting cringe bro 😭😭😭 sit this one out big guy
— carter ☀️ (@retraCtheJD) November 4, 2021
— 🎬Days of Dreams 😴 Nights of Cinema🎬 (@vixticator) November 5, 2021
He REALLY tried to ‘tweet through it’ after Rex Chapman’s Twitter followers turned on him for needlessly defending his personal experience with Robert Sarver instead of recognizing credible allegations from 70+ people who were interviewed.
Chapman tweeted at least 57 times yesterday after he sent those Robert Sarver tweets. That’s the literal textbook definition of ‘tweeting through it’ which refers to when someone says something on Twitter that’s poorly received so they try and tweet nonstop in hopes that with enough new tweets people will forget about the horrible take from a few hours earlier.