A blowout

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

Elena Delle Donne is no stranger to the joys and pit­falls of so­cial me­dia.

The Wash­ing­ton Mys­tics star saw both sides of it Fri­day night. She was hav­ing a lit­tle fun watch­ing Lak­ers rookie Lonzo Ball and his $495 pair of shoes when Los An­ge­les played its first sum­mer league game.

She tweeted out: “How great would it be if [Lonzo Ball] blew out his shoe in his first sum­mer league game? Should have gone with Nike.”

Delle Donne, who has her own player ex­clu­sive shoe with Nike, had no idea what was com­ing over the next hour. Her tweet drew 2,000 likes and 800 retweets. It also had 459 com­ments, mostly neg­a­tive.

“I was get­ting killed. Got to love it, though,” she told The Associated Press on Satur­day at the Mys­tics shootaround be­fore their game against Con­necti­cut. “It was a joke, I like to mess around, think of my­self as a kind of funny per­son.

“All the hype around the BBBs. How many times have ath­letes blown out a shoe? A shoe? Not talk­ing in­jury. Peo­ple were tak­ing it like I wanted him to get hurt. Are you kid­ding me? I want him to have a great fu­ture. It’s so funny. One joke and it’s like, phew. Guess he’s got a lot of fans al­ready.”

Delle Donne

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