According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yaho00! Sports, Ray Allen is packing his bags for Miami. Of course, that extra “o” in Yahoo is the difference between the truth and a made up story.
Allen, for the time being, is still a member of the Boston Celtics.
The shooting guard visited the Miami Heat earlier this week but he hasn’t signed a three-year $11 million contract to bring his talents to Long Beach.
Adrian Wojnarowski is a trusted name for breaking sport news and several NBA fans follow his Twitter account, @WojYahooNBA, to get the latest basketball news. And since the Twitter account is a trusted source for news, it’s also a target for pranksters.
All you have to do is add an extra “o” and see if anyone falls for your lie.
According to the Huffington Post, at least one news station ran with @WojYahoooNBA’s tweet.
WSVN reported last night that Allen had signed with the Miami Heat. And since Allen is a free agent, and since he visited Miami earlier this week, the rumor spread like wildfire.
Ray Allen is finalizing the final details of a 3 yr/11 Million Dollar withthe Miami Heat and will sign it tonight. Sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahoooNBA) July 6, 2012
After airing the report, WSVN took to Twitter to apologize to its viewers.
7News jumped the gun on the Ray Allen report. We apologize.
— WSVN-TV (@wsvn) July 6, 2012
The parody account also claims that Jeremy Lin has been traded to the Houston Rockets and that Dwight Howard has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. But of which could soon be true. But make sure you check @WojYahooNBA, and not @WojYahoooNBA, to confirm.