Shams Charania burner account controversy: All you need to know

Shams Charania of The Athletic (Photo: Boardroom)
Shams Charania of The Athletic (Photo: Boardroom)

Shams Charania is one of the best NBA insiders today, working for The Athletic, Stadium and FanDuel. However, fans speculated last week that Charania also owns a burner account on Twitter.

Eagle-eyed people on Twitter spotted a questionable post from the Hoop Central account. In a now-deleted post, Hoop Central posted a screenshot of Draymond Green's comments on Charania's Instagram post about Patrick Beverley's suspension.

Fans were quick to point out that the screenshot might be from Charania himself. It showed that the user who took the screenshot had the same display picture as Charania. The reply option, which is only available to the account that posted, can be seen in the screenshot.

Here's all you need to know about Shams Charania's alleged burner account on Twitter.


What is Hoop Central?

Shams Charania is rumored to be the man behind the Hoop Central account on Twitter.
Shams Charania is rumored to be the man behind the Hoop Central account on Twitter.

The Hoop Central is a popular account on Twitter with over a million followers. It's currently unknown who runs the account, but fans are pointing to Shams Charania. Some people believe that Charania is using the account to voice his opinions on players without getting in trouble.

The account was made in 2015, and it's famous for posting stats, news, memes and thoughts about players. Other fans even pointed out that Hoop Central cites and links to Charania's Twitter account when posting breaking news. They only cite ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, but do not link to his official Twitter.

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Shams Charania responds to allegations of a burner account

Shams Charania (Photo: Sports Illustrated)
Shams Charania (Photo: Sports Illustrated)

Shams Charania finally had a chance to respond regarding the rumors of him owning the Hoop Central account on Twitter. Charania appeared on "The Pat McAfee Show" to sarcastically clear the air once and for all.

"Yeah, I'm doing my own work right now with The Athletic, with Stadium, with FanDuel, reporting and doing all my news," Charania said. "And yes, on the side, I'm also somehow putting out 500 tweets a day and aggregating news, and also getting a million followers on Twitter. I definitely have the time and the energy to do all that. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or the juice."

But on a more serious note, Charania denied being the man behind Hoop Central. He did praise whoever runs the account because they do aggregate news the right way.

"Unfortunately, that isn't me but shout out to that account," Charania said. "They do a good job. When they aggregate information, they always check to make sure they're aggregating it the right way. That's really what happened that day. Shout out to them."

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Edited by Juan Paolo David