NBA reporter Mark Haynes placed on 'indefinite leave' after old tweets resurface

Joshua Rogers May 23, 2022
NBA reporter Mark Haynes placed on 'indefinite leave' after old tweets resurface
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Well-known NBA and basketball outlet Clutch Points revealed it has placed Warriors beat reporter Mark Haynes on “indefinite leave” following the emergence of old tweets.

NBA reporter Mark Haynes deleted his Twitter account on Sunday (22 May) after a number of problematic tweets resurfaced.

Haynes, who is the brother of TNT sideline reporter Chris Haynes, was later put on “indefinite leave” by one of his employers.

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Fans react to Mark Haynes’ comments about Steph Curry

On Saturday night (21 May) Mark Haynes, a beat reporter covering the Golden State Warriors, appeared to anger a number of Golden State Warriors fans during a podcast.

During a Twitter Spaces, Haynes appeared to imply Warriors superstar Steph Curry was ‘front-running’ – only playing well and celebrating when his team was in the lead – at the end of Game 2 vs the Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.

At first there was a bit of confusion about what Haynes actually said about Curry:

Mark Haynes’ old tweets resurface

Whatever he said, his comments angered some Warriors fans and a number of Mark Haynes’ tweets began to resurface. Deadspin reports the resurfaced posts “involved a number of inappropriate tweets that cover homophobia, racial slander and sexism”.

Those old tweets were shared on Twitter and quickly started circulating on the platform. A number of people created a thread of the most egregious tweets.

We won’t include them here but a quick Twitter search will reveal the nature of Mark Haynes’ alleged old tweets.

Per Deadspin, Haynes deleted his Twitter account amid backlash.

Haynes placed on ‘indefinite leave’

Following the backlash, Clutch Points, one of Haynes’ employers, released a statement.

The publisher stated it was “aware of a number of derogatory, insensitive and inappropriate tweets by our Warriors beat writer Mark Haynes” and added it had put Haynes on “indefinite leave” while the company assessed the situation.

Read the full statement below:

The Focus has reached out to Mark Haynes for comment.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.