Tate Martell was one of the athletes who appeared in an in-depth piece from The New York Times in January about social media’s “black market” in which it was detailed how individuals can collect numerous fake accounts for their Twitter followings.
Martell, a former Texas A&M quarterback commit who’s currently at Ohio State, admitted to buying fake Twitter followers in a piece by Cleveland.com’s Bill Landis. However, Martell said he made the purchase for his old Twitter account when he was a freshman in high school.
“Oh yeah for my old account,” Martell told Landis on Thursday. “When I was 16 I was like, ‘Let’s go buy some followers.’ I think I got like 2,000 followers from them.”
Martell said he didn’t try to correct the situation when The New York Times’ story was published for a simple reason.
“I was like, ‘If I reply to it, it’s gonna make it look it look like it was real,'” he said. “So I was like whatever.”
The Class of 2017 member committed to the Aggies in August 2015 before his de-commitment the following May. He committed to Ohio State in June 2016. Martell has been involved with various antics on Twitter that created waves among Texas A&M fans, as detailed by the Dallas Morning News’ Scott Bell.
Martell made an important clarification, but it’s still a curious move to buy Twitter followers. Likely, that money could have been put to good use elsewhere.