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False Report of the Death of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Surfaces — and News Organizations Run With It — After League’s Twitter Account Is Hacked

Jun 7, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The NFL’s official Twitter account was hacked this morning, with a message circulated that falsely reported the death of league Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, read: “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP.”

Variety reports: “Moments later, Brian McCarthy, the league’s vice president of communications, confirmed via his Twitter account that the ‘NFL Twitter account was hacked’ and Goodell is ‘alive and well.'”

But at least one major news operation bought into the story of Goodell’s death. “CNBC ran with the story following the initial tweet, and ran a breaking news banner on air three minutes later reading that Goodell passed away,” Variety reports. “The banner changed two minutes later, saying the NFL had deleted the tweet.”

The hacker reportedly followed up with two additional tweets after the original false report was deleted. The first follow-up tweet said: “Oi, I said Rger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet.” It was followed by another message from the hacker, saying: “OK, OK you amateur detectives win. Good job.”


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