As funny as Jim Bowden's online meltdown after being caught stealing trade news from a fake Twitter account was—and it was hilarious—attempting to pass off someone else's scoop as your own without attribution is frowned upon in this business. So Bowden's going with old reliable, the hacking defense.

Late last night, an ESPN spokesperson sent us this in response to our inquiry:

Jim tells us his account was hacked, he's reaching out to Twitter and likely will establish a new account.

SiriusXM, on which Bowden co-hosts a radio show, has yet to get back to us.

Below, the trade deadline saga of Jim Bowden, fake Joel Sherman, Marlon Byrd, and Ralph.