During a recent interview, Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury admitted to catfishing his own football players.
By now, the word “catfish” has become something more synonymous with people being tricked on the internet than as a tasty piece of seafood with tartar sauce. The popular MTV show with the same name has showcased how people are tricked every day by others on social media about who they truly are.
It’s something that crept into the world of sports in 2012, when Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te’o thought he had a girlfriend who had gotten sick and passed away only to find out later that she never existed.
Now, we’re finding out teams are “catfishing” their own players on purpose. During a recent radio interview that was covered by the Washington Post, head coach Kliff Kingsbury admitted to doing such a thing:
“We have fake accounts with cute girls that they add right now, so we can see what’s going on and who’s tweeting what,” he said. “Those are heavily monitored, for sure.”
Do the players know?
“I think they do, but they can’t resist that,” Kingsbury said, laughing. “A friend request from a cute girl is an automatic follow.”
Wow…that is some shady actions by Kingsbury and his coaches, even if it’s done with good intentions.
I mean, the point he is trying to get across is going to be about being careful who you are dealing with as members of a high-profile football program in a Power Five conference. But even so, there has to be another way to go about it, right?
Apparently, the Red Raiders are not the only football team that believes in trying to trick their own people:
Heard of NFL teams using similar tactics in draft prep. https://t.co/iJmtILR6fz
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 26, 2016
In our new social media crazed world, it’s not surprising that this is what teams have to do in order to get a better idea what their players are doing. But the second I see Chris Hansen pop out from behind a curtain inside MetLife Stadium, that will be too much!