Scottie Pippen, TIME's Person of the Year 2018?

Scottie Pippen among finalists for TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Scottie Pippen is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2018. But while the basketball player's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 15/10/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Pippen for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 53-year-old basketball player, as a 2018 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Pippen so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the basketball player have already been named ‘American Of The Year’ by some major American newspapers and even ‘Hamburg Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Hamburg (Scottie Pippen's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the basketball player was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“Scottie Pippen Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 14 Oct 2018
“Congrats! Scottie has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 14 Oct 2018
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Scottie Pippen?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 14 Oct 2018

Could 2018 officially be the Year of Scottie Pippen?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2018 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2018?

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