Another minute, another LeBron James free agency rumor. This one, as many do, started with a single tweet.
— Matt Borcas (@mattborcas) July 10, 2014
Yes, this seems a little suspect, mostly because when The Washington Post’s web developers ran the same program, they found nothing that secretly predicts a return to Cleveland on James’s Web site. (Borcas did not respond to requests for comment.) “I looked at the current stylesheet and then grabbed a stylesheet from five days ago from the internet archive and the differences are minimal, and don’t contain any new colors,” Will Van Wazer, a Web engineer at The Post, said in an e-mail. “Then I used something to download the file from every link on the site, and then searched all of those for the colors mentioned and I couldn’t find anything with those colors.” For those of you who don’t speak Web-developese, what this basically means is James’s Web people did not build a shadow site featuring Cavaliers colors. In other words, there is no more indication right now that James will return to Cleveland than there was five minutes ago. The Post’s developers weren’t the only people to find zero evidence supporting what the original tweet claims. SportingNews.com also came up with nothing when it ran the program, as well.
So, we sat here and tried to find this code hidden in LeBron’s site with a dev here, couldn’t find it. Anyone else actually seen it? — Chris Littmann (@chrislittmann) July 10, 2014
Onto the next rumor, then …