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The man behind ‘Not Jerry Tipton’ Twitter account passed away

Not Jerry Tipton (left), Jerry Tipton (right)

Lee Stewart, the man behind the popular @NotJerryTipton Twitter account, passed away over the weekend. He was 52.

Stewart launched the parody account in 2010 to mock Jerry Tipton, the longtime UK basketball beat writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader, but over time the account shifted from Tipton imitations to roasting Kentucky’s basketball rivals, mostly Louisville, Indiana, UNC and Duke. The account grew to 77,000 followers over its 10-year existence, and in its earlier years Stewart even brought his humor here to Kentucky Sports Radio for ‘Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook,’ a weekly long-form version of his tweets.

When he wasn’t tweeting, Stewart worked as an attorney in Birmingham, where he lived with his wife and three young girls. Our condolences to them and everyone who knew him.

For more on Stewart as @NotJerryTipton, read the Courier-Journal story that unmasked him two years ago.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

8 Comments for The man behind ‘Not Jerry Tipton’ Twitter account passed away

  1. Realme
    7:47 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    Such a huge bummer. Made me laugh a thousand times. No one better at trash talking the Cards (except for Drew). RIP

    • GravesCntyKid
      8:01 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      So sorry about Not Jerry’s passing. Simply my favorite BBN twitter account. 2020 just sucks.

  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    8:01 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    They should have fired Tipton and hired him along time ago.

  3. RealCatsFan
    8:14 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    So sad – and way too young. prayers to his family.

  4. blueblue
    8:24 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    So sad! Prayers for the family!

    I always thought Drew was Not Jerry Tipton.

  5. mashman 93
    8:29 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    Prayers to the family and may God give you peace and comfort during this time.

  6. 1IH
    9:29 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

    God rest his soul and strength to his family. A great Kentuckian will be missed Here is a great Obituary for him:

    • UKFaninCO
      12:12 am August 17, 2020 Permalink

      Thank you!