NEW DELHI: An eight-year-old eerie tweet which predicted NBA legend Kobe Bryant‘s death in a helicopter crash has gone viral and caused a real frenzy on social media, but the bigger question which raised eyebrows amongst Twitterati is – is the tweet real or fake?
A Twitter user who goes by the name @dotNoso, had “predicted” the way Kobe would die way back in November 14, 2012.
“Kobe is going to end up dying in a helicopter crash,” the account had tweeted.
Kobe is going to end up dying in a helicopter crash
— .Noso (@dotNoso) 1352842334000
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash, along with 7 others, on Sunday while they were on their way to the Mamba Sports Academy in Los Angeles.
Gianna Bryant, fondly known as Gigi, was also an aspiring basketball player who took up the sport and started playing competitive basketball as she grew into a teenager.
Kobe, widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, had even started coaching his daughter Gigi’s team at his academy after retiring in 2016.
Most of the Twitter users called the post fake. Some felt that the ‘predictor’ had changed a 2012 tweet of his, but one user explained why the post could not have been edited and is, in all likelihood, real.
@dotNoso Quick thread for anyone questioning the legitimacy of this tweet: it is real. Here’s some supporting info.
— Mike Beasley (@MikeBeas) 1580083654000
Twitter’s API does not allow modifying tweets, including dates, he explained.
Carbon, the Twitter app, can only do what Twitter’s API allows. Twitter’s API does not allow modifying tweets, including dates.
— Mike Beasley (@MikeBeas) 1580083668000
Twitter does not have an edit option like Facebook and Instagram.
The tweet was in fact put up on that day in 2012 because Kobe had flown teammate Steve Blake in his helicopter that day which of course had made headlines.
@dotNoso For all those asking why he wrote this. It was in the news that day he flew his teammate in his helicopter… https://t.co/mFxnw65wuK
— Humble Narcissist (@phranchk) 1580070651000
Most of the new reactions to this eerie tweet though were people asking the account user to predict things they want to see happen.
@dotNoso Please tell me the virus is not going to kill us all
— Sosa_93🏴☠️🐉(Dm limit) (@Sofiane_93380) 1580070276000
@dotNoso Please tell me that the person I love will turn to me
— Medeni ARSLAN (@medslan) 1580070163000
@dotNoso can u tell me when i’ll finally be happy again
— blondie wasabi (@bIondiewasabi) 1580069000000
@dotNoso Bro, please say that i will be rich with the perfect family
— KING COLO 👑🤪 (@colomental_) 1580068679000
@dotNoso Will trabzonspor be the champion this year ?
— stopersiz a a o (@valverdeoutttt) 1580068723000