NBA reporter Shams Charania broke the news late Thursday night that President Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19.
Shortly after Charania made the revelation, President Trump tweeted out a confirmation.
Charania’s tweet came seemingly seconds before the President’s.
President Donald Trump and the First Lady have tested positive for coronavirus.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 2, 2020
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Needless to say, Twitter had some interesting reactions to an NBA reporter known for breaking basketball news somehow getting the scoop on a story of this magnitude.
It was a night for the record books.
Shams just scooped the President.
What a night pic.twitter.com/NNLSvYkbSP
— John Karalis 🇬🇷 (@RedsArmy_John) October 2, 2020
— Aye throw that Boyz II Men on (@DragonflyJonez) October 2, 2020
Shams has officially surpassed WOJ in the GOAT convo https://t.co/sN3VnUmtYI
— A.P. (@Vitricate) October 2, 2020
watching Shams break political news pic.twitter.com/H6hiIrpZy5
— Alli Pinter (@allipinter) October 2, 2020
bro shams broke the news about trump having coronavirus before trump broke the news no way……….
— Philly Mikan (@DlONWAlTERS) October 2, 2020
Shams when he come into the Friday Zoom meeting tomorrow.
— trevor trout (@totaltroutmove) October 2, 2020
Because nobody on my TL follows trump, Shams broke the news. So shams broke the news lol https://t.co/ELLTXzCr9T
— Kazeem Famuyide 🍎 (@Kazeem) October 2, 2020
— Stadium (@Stadium) October 2, 2020
Shams really announced this shit like a free agency decision.
He has officially surpassed Woj, no questions asked. https://t.co/ys3Het75k2
— Dr. Guru (@DrGuru_) October 2, 2020
Imagine being the US president waiting on your test results and fucking shams gets the results before you do lmaooooo pic.twitter.com/dmz90DytaS
— ædan (@ABeckABeck) October 2, 2020
Woj seeing shams break trump corona virus news pic.twitter.com/KKNbF5pfsn
— John (@iam_johnw) October 2, 2020
Charania, 26, is a sports reporter for The Athletic and contributor to Stadium. He initially joined the latter company in 2018 and re-signed with them this past week.
“The Sinclair Broadcast Group regional sports networks and Stadium couldn’t be more thrilled to keep Shams Charania as a part of our family and broadcasting community,” Sinclair Broadcast Group President of Local Sports Steve Rosenberg said in a statement.
“Throughout our work together, we’ve watched Shams quickly excel as one of the premier journalists in our industry. We have big plans for Shams across our sports portfolio and we’re excited to start that process immediately.”
Charania had similarly positive sentiments when it came to Stadium.
“Since the day I arrived, the teams at Stadium and Sinclair have demonstrated to me an incredible amount of passion, creativity and professionalism,” he said.
Steve Ballmer is pissed. https://t.co/Dpw2LrO7yx
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 1, 2020
“After talking at length about our future together, the decision to stay was an easy one to make and I’m thrilled to be able to continue to call Stadium my home.”
Hopefully at some point in the coming days Charania will break down how he scooped every major media outlet regarding President Trump’s COVID status.
For now, he can just sit back and enjoy as his legend grows with every passing retweet.