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Grizzlies star ahead Jaren Jackson Jr. found himself at the center of a controversy in online NBA circles Saturday morning, through no fault of his own, when a Reddit user stirred the pot with an inflammatory post suggesting the MVP candidate was benefiting greatly from the home team’s goaltending bias. . While the post quickly became the main topic of weekend basketball discourse, Kevin O’Connor, senior basketball writer The Ringer— presented his own evidence to refute the Reddit post as inaccurate.

The conspiracy theory first began circulating Saturday morning when a user claimed they had evidence the Grizzlies point guard was “posting fake numbers” for Jackson to make him a more compelling candidate for the NBA’s top defensive honor. The in-depth post used both statistics and videos, including pretty stark house divisions for blocks and steals to highlight the goal and subsequently generate a lot of buzz on social media.



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