ESPN Falls For Fake Olivier Vernon Free Agency Report, Apologize on Air (Video)
Day One of free agency in the NFL has been as hectic as you’d expect it to be, with plenty of big names finding new homes throughout the league. Already, we’ve seen Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller sign with the Texans, Matt Forte is a Jet, and Alex Mack joined the Falcons, to name just a few of the moves.
Another move you may have heard being reported, especially if you were watching ESPN during the day, was former Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon to the Jacksonville Jaguars on a 4-year, $75.5-million deal.
If you’re a Jags fan, you were probably disappointed when you eventually found out that there was no such deal between Vernon and Jacksonville. Rather, ESPN was duped.
The person responsible for fooling ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Trey Wingo was renowned Twitter prankster “Uncle Chaps,” who often changes his Twitter profile to mimic more reputable sources before tweeting out false information in hopes of some other source reporting it as real.
This time he disguised his Twitter account as that of Fox’s Jay Glazer, and ESPN bought it:
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) March 9, 2016
— chaps (@UncleChaps) March 9, 2016
After realizing it was fake, ESPN’s Adam Schefter was faced with the task of retracting the story:
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) March 9, 2016
Hat Tip – [TheScore]