Here's Everything You Need to Know About That Wild Lakers Catfish Story
NBA Twitter has another bizarre chapter in its neverending saga.
A host of "The Laker Point Podcast" Vivian Flores — aka @Butterfly_424 on Twitter — allegedly went missing Sunday, but that's when things really started to get weird.
Flores' podcast host, Josh Toussaint, spread the word that Flores was missing.
No way are you serious!?! Everyone please retweet this. Anyone in the area. Super dope soul please help. https://t.co/kpKlQ7B5W0— O’Shea Jack(Nichol)son (@OsheaJacksonJr) April 19, 2021
The official Lakers Twitter account was concerned, with Toussaint posting a screenshot of their alleged conversation.
Later, Toussaint tweeted that Flores had been found "alive and safe."
So did they all live happily ever after? Not quite. That's when the internet sleuths got involved.
In a Twitter Spaces conversation, Twitter user @ItsKingsBruh revealed to the room, which included Durant, that he had been catfished by Flores.
Durant had a lot of questions, but overall played the therapist role pretty well.
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So how did everyone come to the conclusion that Flores was indeed a catfish? Let's start with the abysmal photoshops.
Lakers fans combed through Flores' Twitter to discover some very suspicious pictures that appear to be heavily photoshopped.
Very bad photoshop😭 pic.twitter.com/8iSTSztV2O— Mr. Touch your balls/SWIPA (@Mrtouchurballs) April 20, 2021
Game set match on the Vivian scandal lol pic.twitter.com/OHo0lLaMhS— The Pettiest Laker Fan 🤫 (@_whogonestopmee) April 20, 2021
As the story continued to spiral out of control, fans started to look at Toussaint as a potential culprit in the catfishing scandal.
Flores reappeared on Twitter and denied that she's a catfish.
As all eyes turned to Toussaint, who resurfaced hours later with a Tweet admonishing himself for getting bamboozled after Flores stopped answering his texts.
Still haven’t gotten a goddamn explanation. Thought I trusted someone and learned my lesson. Tried to help a friend I thought was in peril. I was duped like yall and feel bad I was a pawn. Such garbage. Logging off for awhile. Stay safe out there. You never know ✌️— Josh Toussaint (@josh2saint) April 20, 2021
He also showed alleged screenshots of his texts with Flores' "sister."
When I got that DM from Vivian’s sister, I immediately texted her to confirm it wasn’t a troll.— Josh Toussaint (@josh2saint) April 20, 2021
The crazy part is that this number isn’t real. Idk how she has access to it pic.twitter.com/YjtrNq87pr
And the evidence continued to pile up.
Audio forensics not my strong suit but I well sometimes 1.5 hour 2 person pods with only one person can get jumbled.— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) April 20, 2021
Maybe they couldn’t hear eachother? Maybe I need sleep? pic.twitter.com/NH1mIKkt5S
Out of curiosity, I pitched down “Vivian’s” voice from the Lakers podcast to see what it sounded like without any potential effects that could be used to make it sound higher pitch. pic.twitter.com/sHeCidWF7K— Mike Vigil (@protectedpick) April 20, 2021
It also appears that the person behind Flores' account is a lifelong catfish troll who has been up to these shenanigans for over a decade.
While there are plenty of questions to be answered — like when is the 30 for 30 documentary on this coming out? — NBA Twitter, of course, enjoyed the drama.
When Lakers Twitter see Vivian at the NBA Twitter reunion in 20 years pic.twitter.com/cWtE7PV9OV— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) April 20, 2021
Photo: Vivian Flores/Twitter