But Becca got in too deep...
After Becca started getting published as Ryan, she felt she had to keep up appearances. She had gained a following on Twitter and people were reading Ryan’s articles. She used a photo of a high school classmate to pose as Ryan and photos of his niece and nephew to use as her children. She was living a double life. She even appeared on a podcast as Ryan. She didn’t know how to get out of the lie she’d created.
Harassment did not have to be part of Ryan’s persona to write about baseball.
According to an interview with Deadspin, Becca said of Ryan’s persona:
I was young and had no idea what to do, so I just acted like I thought a man would do. That slowly led me down a path to some things that I was very uncomfortable doing but didn’t even realize were happening.
Unfortunately what was happening was that Becca had begun harassing women she met online as Ryan. According to the same Deadspin article Becca said,
I reached out to so many women to just gain traction and have someone convince me I wasn’t a horrible person. But instead they were trying to convince Ryan, who truly had become a horrible person.
Becca has since deactivated Ryan’s Twitter account.
Ryan’s Twitter account has since be deactivated, but Becca did activate it again long enough to tweet an apology to the people she hurt. Unfortunately, while it is a totally bizarre story, what Becca did hurt a lot of women, whether was acting as Ryan or herself.