Longtime NBA referee Eric Lewis allegedly used a burner account to defend himself against strangers on the internet. Now he'll reportedly have to defend himself against the NBA.
The account in question went by the name "Blair Cuttliff" and the handle "@CuttliffBlair." Fans started to notice the account's proclivity for defending Lewis and other NBA officials on Thursday, with one account compiling a video showing a sample of the tweets.
NBA ref Eric Lewis has been outed as having a burner account (@CuttliffBlair). Lmaooo this is a momentous day. The account will surely be deleted soon so for the archives, the entirety of the account’s replies. All involving… yep, Eric Lewis. 😂
(h/t @Mikey_Wyllin) thread 🧵⬇️ pic.twitter.com/6GTvURouOc
— Pablo Escobarner (blue check) (@PabloEscoburner) May 25, 2023
A particularly frequent enemy for the account was Los Angeles Lakers fans. Lewis was the official involved in maybe the most entertaining technical foul of the season, when then-Lakers guard Patrick Beverley drew the ref's ire by grabbing a photographer's camera to show him evidence of a missed call.
Beverley and former Lakers teammate LeBron James both spoke up on Saturday about the Lewis news.
This Eric Lewis 💩 true??? 🤨
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 27, 2023
Laughed at me when I grabbed the camera 📷 yea aight 🤦🏾♂️
— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) May 27, 2023
The reported reason why the NBA would be unhappy about a referee having a burner account is a league rule forbidding refs from publicly commenting on officiating without prior authorization. Lewis could face discipline if he's determined to have posted the tweets.
Lewis is currently in his 19th season as an NBA referee, with 1,098 regular season games and 82 playoff games of experience, according his NBA bio.