Drew Brees was in a car accident today and may not be able to play in the NFL next season… That was the story that floated around the internet today, but don’t worry Saints fans, your QB is perfectly fine.
Brees took to Twitter this afternoon to assure his fans that he was not in a car accident, that he didn’t break his legs, and that he was perfectly healthy.
“I am fine. Not sure where the car accident story came from. It is not true. I appreciate everyone’s concern but I am ALL GOOD!”
The story was posted on a bogus website, Global Associated News, that frequently posts death hoaxes. GAN apparently decided to tone down their hoax machine to “severely injured” instead of “dead” in order to create a more plausible story for Brees.
GAN allows users to create their own fake news stories by filling in the blanks to a story template. It’s kind of like Mad Libs accept involves real people, starts real rumors, and fools thousands of people.
The fake Drew Brees car accident story reads: “A spokesperson for the New Orleans highway safety authority has confirmed that Drew Brees has broken both of his legs in a traffic altercation … The accident involved a 2012 BMW driven by Drew Brees and a 76 year old female driver in a 2010 Audi.”
I am fine. Not sure where the car accident story came from. It is not true. I appreciate everyone’s concern but I am ALL GOOD!
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) June 21, 2013
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