Rex Chapman Taking Major Heat for John Calipari, LA Lakers Rumor

Rex Chapman set Twitter on fire before the NCAA championship game when he said Kentucky head coach John Calipari was headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, and now he's the one taking some heat.

First, Chapman's incendiary tweet:

Pretty strong language, right? There wouldn't seem to be much wiggle room in the interpretation of a tweet that includes the hashtag "done deal." But then sources within the Lakers organization strongly refuted Chapman's report:

Next, Calipari himself shot down the rumor, via ESPN's Jeannine Edwards: "No. I'm right [here] at Kentucky. I got the best job. I've got a good group of kids. Love what I'm doing. Speculation? That's there every year I coach."

Since having his "report" refuted by all parties involved, Chapman has done his best to backtrack and qualify.

In an interview on The Dan Patrick Show, Chapman explained: “I treat Twitter like I’m talking to my friends. I'm not a journalist, never pretend to be. I’m not going to just refrain from giving information I hear just because it might upset some people.”

Nobody has ever confused Chapman for a reporter, and it's rare for sports figures to approach social media as honestly has he does. So maybe it's a little silly to jump down Chapman's throat for reporting what he heard from sources he deemed reliable.

At the same time, Chapman's assertion that he was merely repeating what a source told him without necessarily endorsing its veracity—which he does repeatedly in the Patrick interview—comes off as a serious backpedal.

He's relying on semantics, and Patrick, a veteran of the business, offered up some tips for future tweeting: "If you put in a tweet 'I'm hearing done deal,' it's different. ... I think I'm going to have to teach you how to phrase things."

Chapman didn't sound particularly contrite for repeating ...

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