Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann has responded after his Twitter account was hacked during last night’s Big Bash game, saying he and his family have been hurt by the “awful experience”.
The former Australian mentor was at Spotless Stadium watching his side defeat Sydney Thunder by 16-runs in a rain-affected clash, oblivious to the bizarre anti-Iran messages being posted on his social media channel.
Tweets like “I fully support @realDonaldTrump. F*** Iran. Rest in p*** qassem soleimani” flooded Lehmann’s account, which had its name briefly changed to “F*** Iran”.
Lehmann was shocked to discover the “vile and horrendous opinions” being spread and said he will stay off social media for the “foreseeable future”.
Hi everyone— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) January 7, 2020
As you have probably noticed, last night while we were playing our BBL game, someone hacked my accounts and used it to spread some malicious and hurtful statements. The words and sentiments used were definitely ones that I do not endorse or promote. (Cont)
. To see such vile and horrendous opinions used in my name has caused great upset to me and my family. I’ve decided to have a break from social media for the foreseeable future. I appreciate your understanding and apologies to anyone who was unnecessary hurt or offended. (Cont)— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) January 7, 2020
by those hacked tweets and posts. It has taken until this morning to have it resolved through Twitter despite me addressing it as soon as I become aware of it after the game. Thanks to the staff at Brisbane Heat and Cricket Australia for helping us through this awful experience.— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) January 7, 2020
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