Twitter just got trolled hard. A parody ESPN Sports Center account going by the name SuperToughScene aka 'Barry McCockiner' tweeted out today that the New York Jets signed QB Colin Kaepernick to a 1 year / $9 million contract. They even included that the source was notable NFL insider Adam Schefter.
A Fox affiliate in North Carolina picked up the story and posted online before quickly taking it down. However, there are always screenshots.
The former chair of the DNC also got trolled.
Kaepernick hasn't played in three seasons after refusing to stand for the National Anthem. He did have a tryout recently in Atlanta, but the hopes of him ever wearing an NFL jersey again are slim to none. Twitter is having an absolute field day about this, however.
Me when legit news sources post that Colin Kaepernick got signed to the Jets only to discover the story was created by a fake sportscenter twitter account. Y’all really don’t do work to verify shit, you just run with it like everyone else who depends on trending topics for news. pic.twitter.com/HcfTZl7gxq— WellTheTruthIs (@truth_well) April 9, 2020
A Sportscenter parody account tweeted that Colin Kaepernick was signed to the Jets.— Patrick Scott Patterson (@OriginalPSP) April 9, 2020
Took 1.8 seconds to see that it was a parody account, yet thousands of people shared it. Some professional news media even reported on it!
Huge example of how quick misinformation spreads
I came this close to tweeting about Colin Kaepernick pic.twitter.com/dSnXzVJ0jE— Mac Johnson (@mac___78) April 9, 2020
My reaction when I saw Colin Kaepernick was trending due to a fake tweet about a deal with the Jets. pic.twitter.com/nPSEIxZBin— Dave (@davesjotd) April 9, 2020
Roger Goodell heading to his office to verify why Colin Kaepernick is trending pic.twitter.com/xXiHog5dC4— okayroque (@okayroque) April 9, 2020
No One:— sports, but better (@Electric_Takes) April 9, 2020
Parody Account: Posts Colin Kaepernick has been signed.
Kaepernick Supporters: pic.twitter.com/w6U2wBrqvg
This all comes just a day after the same account posted this yesterday.
This tweet tho.
Here is the funny thing about this tweet. The amount of ppl who were already to give the Jets their loyalty because they thought they signed Colin #Kaepernick is crazy. Now you can actually see in real time the NFL would have never lost with Kaep being back on the field https://t.co/MyLNgE65BR— Nayely (@NayelySpring910) April 9, 2020