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Rich Cimini Accused of using fake Twitter account to discredit fellow writers


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According to John B of GangGreenNation.com and supported by (among others) Brian Bassett of SNY's TheJetsBlog.com, there is a strange scandal mounting in New York Jets land.

Rich Cimini of ESPN, who writes primarily about the New York Jets, has apparently been caught red-handed running a fake Twitter account that he uses to parody and slander other beat writers.

According to the reports, Cimini runs a Twitter account (@steiny55) that masquerades as Jake Steinberg (true account @steiny31) of TheJetsBlog.com. The account has also been used to slander Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News and Jane McManus ofESPNNewYork.com.

In one of the more bizarre occurrences in recent Twitter history, Cimini accidentally posted legitimate breaking news about Jets linebacker Calvin Pace from his fake account. The post was then deleted from the fake account and reposted under Cimini's official account, but not before the tweet was noticed and screen-shotted.

Cimini is reportedly denying the accusation, although the evidence seems both comical and convincing. Commented Bassett:

I don't possess direct knowledge, but there's evidence it's a member of the press. I'm around the Jets beat very infrequently, but it doesn't take much time to get a sense just how dysfunctional it is as a group, so much so that someone would waste time making fun of genuinely good people. Even if they try and couch it as just in fun, the person responsible for the account spent a preseason
gameday
tweeting over 70 times rather than doing their job, that tells me all I care to know.

The type of content being produced by this beat writer's fake account includes direct attempts to hurt the reputations of other Jets beat writers, such as this one:

Is there any fan, even a casual one, that feels
Manish
Mehta
knows more about football than they do?

Either Cimini just got caught in quite the embarrassing predicament, or there is another beat writer out there who has pulled off a masterful frame job. Either way, it makes for a strange set of events on Twitter.

http://bleacherrepor...twitter-account

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Dude...so messed up.

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The world be a slightly better place if this is proven to be true.

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LOL, Cimini is such a dick

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LOL, Cimini is such a dick

It must really suck to have a job covering a team that you hate

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Cimini used fake mod account to delete my post!

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AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHA

*breath

AHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

what an a$$hole.

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The answer with lie in whether or not this account stops posting or not.

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This. Is. Awesome.

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u have to wonder if he would use a fake anonymous source to make up a quote

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If true, his career should be over.

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"Is there any fan, even a casual one, that feels Manish Mehta knows more about football than they do?

This is 100% true and accurate. Cimini should've had the nerve and gumption to put his name to this rather than hide in a fake account. Mark Bowden of Blackhawk Down fame ealry in his career found himself dumped onto the beat of covering the Eagles with only the msot basic of football knowledge. He was lucky that Andy Reid and other coaches took some time to explain what was really going on in the 11 on 11 tape he was watching instead of merely covering the highlights and scoring plays. There seem to be a lot of writers who care more about personalities, mash in a few stats and quotes and call it a day. Mehta(and frankly most of the staff of especially the Daily News like Gary Myers) don't seem to cover much beyond the superficial.

One example-early vs. the Rams, Rob Turner,a good OL guy the Jets dumped as is there habit, was brutalizing the Jets' DL as the Rams center. Dumbass Schitty inexplicably got away from running Stephen Jackson down the Jets' throat after the 1st drive. Despite a former player that was usefel and frankly needed beating up his former team there wasn't a mention of any of it in any NY papers. it was mentioned on the SNY psotgame, which shockiingly despite Adam Schein is a pretty good show. And why would there be; nobody in an era of ESPN crap media cares about the trenches, the tehnique, the strategy. Better and way easier to put a mike in front of Bart Scott and listen to a hyena whine.

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This team and the writers covering it are all messed up.

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This is great. This franchise is the best. I think the Jets need their get their own version of Bossip going.

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Someone got me a subscription to that Dan Leberfeld fish wrap Jets Confidential as a present.. Anyway in one of his recent columns he was talking about the cantankerous relationships that exist between the writers. Manish and that chick apparently hate each other.

I remember thinking it was amusing that Leberfeld actually had dedicated a section of the paper to writer gossip. I definitely believe Cimini did this but fail to see why it's a big deal.

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This topic is full of WIN.... I hope this is true so the guy can leave us be once and for all.

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You have to fire the guy if this is true.

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@faketannenbaum

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Best...... Story...... Ever

The Jets Twitter nerds are cyber bullying each other

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I bet he was buying his column from Kramer!

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I SAW CIMINI get onto the Jets GameDay Blog during the season opener against the Bills, and start to tear down Santonio Holmes.

That was......until he caught a first half touchdown, and the rout was on.

Then he ran away, like a little girl.....

BD

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Cimini def has to be a JI mod, it fits way too easy.

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This. Is. Awesome.

yes! :D

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Cimini is set on crash-and-burn this season, just like the team is

Hopefully, the Jets get a new coach, front office, and beat writer at ESPN. Time for a clean slate, a fresh start.....

BD

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