Ben Roethlisberger Did Not Break His Legs Despite What an ESPN.com Columnist & Many Others May Have Tweeted

Ben Roethlisberger Did Not Break His Legs Despite What an ESPN.com Columnist & Many Others May Have Tweeted

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Ben Roethlisberger Did Not Break His Legs Despite What an ESPN.com Columnist & Many Others May Have Tweeted

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Ben Roethlisberger might have broken both his legs in a car accident today according to Ben dot Roethlisberger dot Mediafetcher dot com, your number one source for fake Ben Roethlisberger news. A glance at the actual site wasn’t enough warning for everyone. Take Johnette Howard – “Columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNNewYork.com. Former Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated, columnist for Newsday and The Washington Post. Author of ‘The Rivals’ – for example. Johnette shared the horrible news with football fans everywhere without double-checking to make sure it wasn’t complete bullshit.

It took a few minutes, but eventually Howard deleted the Tweet. However, she is still waiting for Adam Schefter to confirm the rumor.

Howard probably should have waited for an ESPN link or something, but when you’ve got a hot sports tip, you have to run it. In case you were wondering, each page on that website features this legal disclaimer:

FAKE… THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic ‘template’ and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank ‘non-specific’ template for the purpose of entertainment.

This is especially humorous in the wake of ESPN reporting the non-news about the NFL referees returning and a journalist like the Boston Globe’s Kevin Dupont comparing the blogosphere to replacement refs. Good job, good effort MSM.

Update: Golf World’s Ron Sirak also fell for it. He has yet to correct himself.

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