Mar
20
2011
Cink: It Wasn’t Me, Twitter Account Hacked (*Update)
By Stephanie Wei under Twitter

When I approached Stewart Cink after his round at the Transitions Championship and asked him about the Twitter incident, he looked genuinely confused. “I’m not sure what you’re talking about,” said Cink. “What did it say? It could have been hacked because I didn’t send any (tweets) by accident.”

As I tried to look it up on my phone, he leaned in to check it out for himself, saying, “You’ve got me interested now.”

I paraphrased the mistweet, “UK took it to WVu today, huggy bear is a drunk!! You see elin’s mansion for 10 million? Wow, expensive tale tiger got!”

Cink, shaking his head, said, “Someone’s hacked me. I’ll have to look into it. Thanks for letting me know.”

Here now, are his tweets after being informed.

Unless Cink has a remarkable poker face, his account was hacked. After all, it was rather late (1am-ish) when the tweets were sent.

“All I (tweeted) was I didn’t know any songs and I think I may have put a picture of Kenny Chesney coming in,” said Cink, who took his son, a fan, to the concert.

He did have a good time at the concert, though. And actually, he did know one song — “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem.”

Laughing, Cink said, “I’d heard that one before, but that was the only one.”

*Update, 3/21/11, 11:30am: Many are calling into question the validity of Cink saying his account was hacked. I believe him. I was the only reporter present when I asked him about the infamous tweet and you had to be there to understand that he really looked like he had no idea what I was talking about. He thought I just wanted to chat about the Kenny Chesney concert. He’s either got an amazing poker face or he’s telling the truth — I’ll go with the latter.

A Twitter follower sent me a screenshot of the original tweet. Here it is:

You see it’s sent from “Mobile Web”? Which is unlike the thousands of his other tweets which are sent from “Echofon.”

The hacker left the tweets up for about 20 minutes before deleting them, just enough time for people to RT them and the damage was done.

Also, “tail” was spelled wrong — the hacker wrote “tale.” I think it’s safe to assume that Cink would have used the correct “tail.”

He was with his son on Saturday night, so I’m pretty sure he wasn’t throwing back beers at the concert. I kicked off the conversation by joking, “So, did you have a little too much fun at the Kenny Chesney concert last night?” Laughing, he said, “No, but it was fun.”

Maybe I’m just naive, but I’m willing to give Stewie the benefit of the doubt.