UPDATE (10:38 a.m.): Trail Blazers president Chris McGowan has issued a statement about the social media staff best practices and last night’s incident:
Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan issues statement to ESPN regarding the team's tweet that sparked Chandler Parsons-CJ McCollum exchange pic.twitter.com/EsNBIT8zgk— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 28, 2017
The statement was immediately met with a hatchet-burying response from Parsons.
It's all in good fun! No hard feelings https://t.co/vc6hxWmvfn— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) January 28, 2017
Following Friday night’s Trail Blazers victory against the Memphis Grizzlies, Grizzlies forward and one time free agent target of the Blazers fired back at the Trail Blazers social media team following a tweet regarding Parsons air-balling a three during the game.
To be fair, the NBA 3-point line is really, really far away from the basket. pic.twitter.com/dHusI9cHcW— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) January 28, 2017
@trailblazers good luck in the lottery show this year✊— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) January 28, 2017
CJ McCollum wasted no time in responding to the ever present “shots fired” by Parsons.
We hit the lottery by not signing you https://t.co/eSiBaNT061— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) January 28, 2017
Not one to let others have the last word, Parsons replied with his own take.
@CJMcCollum stop it. Technically, I hit the lottery.— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) January 28, 2017
At first glance it appears that McCollum and the Blazers have emerged victorious on and off the court tonight. However, it is worth noting that $94 million over 4-years makes Parsons a winner too.
Damian Lillard couldn’t resist reacting.
Parsons is, of course, best known to Blazer fans for failing to block Lillard’s game-winning three-pointer that sent the Blazers to the second round over the Houston Rockets.