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“I am actually into enjoying a very good NBA Finals series.”
Cleveland Browns fans would agree with defensive back Damarious Randall about that quote in regards to the 2018 NBA Finals. They aren't in agreement with who Randall is rooting for in the series that begins May 31.
Randall is a big fan of Stephen Curry, so he is cheering for the reigning champion Golden State Warriors to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third time in four years in the NBA Finals. The ironic part, Randall wears number 23 for the Browns, the same number LeBron James wears for the Cavaliers.
“I am not anti-LeBron,” Randall said during a media availability as the Browns conduct organized team activities. “I am actually a big LeBron fan, as well, but when he is going against Steph, I would rather Steph over LeBron. At the end of the day they are both great, great players. I definitely respect everything that LeBron has done for this community and for this city and state. He is one of the greatest players to ever touch a basketball if you ask me.”
Randall took social media by storm with his support of the Warriors despite playing in the city of their NBA Finals opponent.
On Memorial day, the Browns defensive back tweeted that he would purchase a jersey for everyone who retweeted his tweet. As of May 30, the tweet has been retweeted nearly 900,000 times.
“I am definitely having fun, although I did not think that the tweet would go as viral as it did,” Randall said. “That just kind of goes to show that this Cleveland fan base is great. I am actually excited about it, just to know that the fan base is like this. I can’t imagine what it is going to be like when the Browns start winning a bunch of games.”
Randall admits he doesn't know Curry personally. He became a fan when the Warriors put guard helped lead Davidson College to Final Four.
Despite the tweet, Randall's attention is on learning the Browns defensive scheme during organized team activities and the upcoming minicamp.
“Honestly, my phone freezes every time that I go on Twitter,” Randall said. “I would have to ask one of my teammates or if they were to come up to me. I did not really know that it got that crazy because every time that I go onto Twitter my phone literally shuts down.”
Randall now holds the distinction of having the most retweeted tweet by an NFL player. Will Randall actually live up to his tweet if LeBron and the Cavaliers pull off the upset and win their second NBA championship?
“I guess we will just have to watch the series and see.”