Last year, Dwayne Johnson gave a “Genius Talk” to the Los Angeles Lakers at the behest of Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, who told a blatant lie that, because it was captured on video, is now coming back to haunt him in light of recent accusations made against him by Magic Johnson.
While introducing The Rock to the team, Pelinka told an anecdotal fib about how he introduced former Laker Kobe Bryant to late actor Heath Ledger, who passed away in January 2008.
“There was one time when Kobe, who I worked with for 18 years, was going back to play in Madison Square Garden, and he had just seen ‘The Dark Knight’,” Pelinka bragged, with video unearthed and shared on Twitter (below).
“Obviously, you guys saw that movie, and he’s like, ‘Hey, hook me up with dinner with Heath Ledger, because he got so locked into that role. I want to know how he mentally went there,'” he continued.
“So, he had dinner with Heath, and he talked about how he locks in for a role,” Pelinka added. “And Kobe used some of that in his game against the Knicks.”
What Pelinka didn’t realize, however, is that “The Dark Knight” (in which Ledger played the Joker) wasn’t released until July 2008 — six months after Ledger’s death.
If Johnson knew Pelinka was fibbing, he didn’t let on; the same, however, cannot be said for the Twitterverse, where no time was wasted in mocking the exec’s bald-faced lie: