If you frequent the “What’s Hot” list on Alexa.com, you’ll notice that news about Michael J. Fox is rampant lately. In fact, with Michael being in the news due to Back to the Future Day (October 21), the focus has been on Fox and the co-stars of Michael’s hit movie from 30 years ago. However, a new article titled “Breaking news: Michael J Fox arrested for insider sports betting” from Stub Hill News smacks of hoax, even with its popularity at the top of the list of the top 10 articles about Fox’s name on the site.
According to the article, Michael got in trouble for betting on DraftKings, another big name in the news recent. Fox was supposedly arrested Wednesday morning for insider sports betting on DraftKings, claims the report. The Stubb Hill News About page points to the fact that the site is one of those fake satire sites, and it’s one that has combined all the elements of popular current events to try and create one shocking story. Apparently, it has worked, because the fake story about Michael getting arrested for insider sports betting has been shared about 10,000 on Facebook and more than 2,000 times on Twitter, so claims the website.
“If you think Stubhill News is real news, you’re going to have a bad time.”
The report borrowed elements from Fox’s movie, claiming Michael had a worn out sports almanac – Back to the Future, anyone? – and a perfect record on DraftKings to go along with Fox’s statistically-impossible record under the name “NoChicken.” The crazily creative report claimed Michael had been betting since the ’80s.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 21, 2015
What is real, however, is that Fox got a pair of self-lacing Air Mags, as reported by Barstool Sports. The self-lacing sneakers were one of the things the Back to the Future movie predicted would be available in 2015, along with hoverboards and flying cars. With wild names like Barry Manilow being included as a NASA astrophysicist, and an FBI “time travel” specialist named Tim included in the piece, its origins of a fictional mind are obvious.
— Complex Sneakers (@ComplexSneakers) October 22, 2015
Fox demonstrated Nike’s self-lacing sneakers on Kimmel, reported the Verge. As for the claims made about Fox and insider sports betting and an arrest due to DraftKings, that stuff is all fictional entertainment.
“The operating theory is that the Back to the Future films were really documentaries from an original, prime timeline. The implications are heavy. It is suspected that we are living in an alternate 2015, as there are no flying cars and there are only four Jaws movies. We can only assume that we are forever stunted as a society. The amount of lives lost due to our lack of progress in technology and medicine is unfathomable. Worst of all, instead of hoverboards, this sad reality is limited to the Swagway.
“We suspect Mr. Fox has been using an alias to hide his real identity after damaging the space time continuum. Under the name of Marty McFly, he was an accomplice to Dr. Emmett Brown in negotiation with terrorists to obtain materials to build a dangerous weapon allowing the pair to travel through time. Dr. Brown is still on the run and ‘extremely dangerous.’ We are looking for a criminal mastermind. He is extremely intelligent and capable of producing weapons of mass destruction with scarce resources. He built a highly advanced technology known as a flux capacitor in his garage.”
Reactions to the fake Fox arrest story are flying into Twitter, along with tweets about Michael’s sweet new Air Mags.
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