Blake Griffin signed a one-year contract with the Boston Celtics last week.
Given where he is in his career and how close the Celtics were to winning an NBA championship last season, the move was a notable one.
Unfortunately, it’s also not the reason why Griffin found himself trending on social media this weekend. Rather, the reason Griffin found himself trending was because fans began to link his photos with those purported to be of Lana Rhoades’ baby.
The visuals largely speak for themselves:
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You will recall, Rhoades made headlines a few months back when she revealed that a mystery NBA star had fathered her child.
“I swear to God I thought NBA players were nice guys,” she said at the time. “Next thing you know, I said, ‘I’m pregnant’ … And he told me to go f**k myself.”
Two players were immediately linked to the situation – one of which was Griffin.
Reactions on Twitter to this entire sordid mess speak for themselves:
at first I heard KD but now there’s no shot 😭 https://t.co/R2gZon6ySx
— Guallpa 🉐 (@AlexG439) October 3, 2022
— ²³ (@THFCRes) October 3, 2022
— Dave 🏴🇬🇧🍻 (#ISSANISSA 🐘) (@LoweMeJack) October 3, 2022
This is definitely Blake Griffin kid. What was hilarious was somebody leaked out the information that she was messing with KD, I’m pretty sure that was Blake’s people🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/4QDDj5CdJk
— KillaKadafi191 (@kkadafi191) October 2, 2022
Ay y’all remember when Mia Khalifa talked about the time sent her some cringeworthy DMs and said the man’s name rhymed with “Rake”?
Everyone assumed it was Drake, but I still to this day believe it was Blake Griffin and this further strengthens my belief 🤣 https://t.co/DofnuyqmRX
— King P (@1andonlykingp) October 3, 2022
Now, it’s worth noting – this is all just social media speculation. There really aren’t very many photos of Rhoades’ baby even available online. And even if there were, side-by-side photos aren’t exactly a paternity test.
Moreover, Rhoades has admitted in the past that another big-time athlete star slid into her DMs at one point. So people would really be wise not to jump to conclusions.
Saquon Barkley is playing at an MVP level on and off the field these days. https://t.co/7nfVbOK7jO
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 3, 2022
That said, you never want to be linked to this sort of mess. Griffin is losing here no matter what.
Will fresh clarity on Rhoades’ baby and who the father is at some point? Hopefully.
Will fans theories run rampant in the interim? No question about it.