It seems that somebody has saved tabs on the general public notion of NBA referee Eric Lewis, particularly when Lakers followers commented and typed his title.

Or, if it wasn’t Lewis operating “@CutliffBlair,” then it would’ve been one in all his most loyal supporters.

The Twitter consumer “@PabloEscoburner” posted a thread Thursday containing display screen recordings of the account’s likes and exercise, together with its 5 followers: @RefAnalytics, @OfficialNBARefs, @NBA, @NBAOfficial and @MasonWBB, with the fifth account the one which represents the George Mason ladies’s basketball staff that his spouse, Vanessa Blair-Lewis, coaches.

The account, which reportedly wasn’t adopted by anybody and was created in 2015, was later deleted as soon as the consumer urged {that a} burner account by Lewis had been found.

Eric Lewis referees a Los Angeles Lakers sport in opposition to the Golden State Warriors within the 2023 NBA playoffs.
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Whereas it’s tough to really join the account to Lewis, and even know if he was the individual working the exercise, the sequence of replies observe the same development. 

When one account replied to an “@OfficialNBARefs” put up concerning the referees for a Celtics-76ers sport Might 11 with, “Are y’alll gonna give Eric Lewis the Lakers sport tomorrow,” Lewis’ alleged burner account responded with, “Its his fault it doesn’t matter what” — utilizing three laughing emojis on the finish of his response to the query.

One other account claimed that LeBron James was 0-82 when Lewis refereed his video games, and the alleged burner account responded beneath an interpretation of the stat, writing, “Um memphis sport 1,” with a emoji that depicted somebody shrugging their shoulders.

Pat Connaughton addresses Eric Lewis during a Milwaukee Bucks game against the Miami Heat in the 2023 NBA playoffs.
Pat Connaughton addresses Eric Lewis throughout a Milwaukee Bucks sport in opposition to the Miami Warmth within the 2023 NBA playoffs.
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The Lakers did defeat the Grizzlies in Sport 1 of the Western Convention’s first spherical, 128-112, and James recorded 21 factors and 11 rebounds.

And on April 30, when an account tweeted, “Eric Lewis is a die laborious Celtics fan,” “CutliffBlair” requested, “From what credible supply?”

Lewis has been a referee for 19 seasons, in response to his web page on the Nationwide Basketball Referees Affiliation web site, and he has known as NBA Finals video games in 2019 (Warriors-Raptors), 2020 (Lakers-Warmth) and 2021 (Bucks-Suns).

Earlier this season, he acquired criticism from James when the Lakers star tried a layup on the finish of regulation and didn’t get a foul known as when the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum made contact along with his arm en path to the basket.

“We don’t have room for error,” James stated after the Jan. 28 sport. “And it’s among the best video games we performed all yr. For it to fall on anyone else’s judgment, or non-judgment, it’s simply ridiculous. It’s ridiculous.”

Eric Lewis has been an NBA referee for 19 seasons.
Eric Lewis has been an NBA referee for 19 seasons.
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“@OfficialNBA Refs,” one of many 5 accounts that the alleged Lewis burner account tracks, then issued an apology the subsequent day.

Like everybody else, referees make errors,” the account tweeted. “We made one on the finish of final evening’s sport and that’s gut-wrenching for us. This play will weigh closely and trigger sleepless nights as we try to be the very best referees we may be.”