Why NHL, NBA and MLB teams are chirping each other on Twitter


Dallas Stars defenceman John Klingberg (3), of Sweden, and Nashville Predators centre Ryan Johansen (92) fight for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

A very odd online conversation took place Sunday night, involving the Twitter accounts of the Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Sacramento Kings, and finally the Cleveland Indians.

It ended with a sick burn at the Kings’ expense – which we’ll get to – but first, some background information.

The NBA recently sent a memo to all teams regarding their use of social media, following some online trash talk between C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers and Chandler Parsons of the Memphis Grizzlies, stemming from this tweet by the Trail Blazers’ social media person.

Trail Blazers on Twitter

The Kings and Atlanta Hawks then decided to have fun with the league’s new policy, in a hilariously snarky way, starting with Sacramento complimenting Hawks forward Paul Millsap on a made basket.

Atlanta Hawks on Twitter

It just sort of took off from there.

Atlanta Hawks on Twitter

Atlanta Hawks on Twitter

You know it’s getting silly when the Hawks’ uniforms are being mentioned in a positive light.

Atlanta Hawks on Twitter

Good stuff all around.

With the Stars visiting Nashville on Sunday, the Dallas crew took a chance to poke fun at the NBA’s “Everybody Love Everybody” policy. This caught the ire of the Kings’ Twitterfolk, who were displeased with what was an indirect jab at their shenanigans from a couple nights prior.

Sacramento Kings on Twitter

The Stars then offered a sarcastic shoulder to cry on, all while an actual sporting event took place.

Nashville had come back from a 3-0 (and then of course a 3-1) deficit as part of a third-period rally, so the Kings decided to bring baseball’s Cleveland Indians – who lost a 3-1 lead in the World Series – into the mix.

Sacramento Kings on Twitter

The Golden State Warriors might have been a more appropriate team to zing there, but remember, NBA teams must play nice with each other from now on.

The Indians’ account, no stranger to making a few internet quips, dropped a hammer that effectively put the whole thing to bed.

Cleveland Indians on Twitter


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