LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Clay Matthews didn’t “break both of his legs in a car accident”. Clay Matthews isn’t dead, he hasn’t been in a car crash today March 17, 2013, and he hasn’t broken his legs. Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb all headline the same fake report today about legs breaking and car accidents. None of them have been in accidents. None of them are injured nor dead. Michael Vick, Ray Lewis, Peyton Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger all headline the same fake stories as well. They all feature the hoax title “[athlete] Breaks Both Legs in Car Accident.”
The fake reports are coming from Global Associated. The website, known for their fake death reports, is now apparently expanding into the broken leg hoax business. With the title “Pro Football News, Clay Matthews Breaks Both Legs In Car Accident”, Global uses a preexisting template and just switches out the player’s name. The body of the stories are all the same. “The accident involved a 2012 BMW driven by Clay Matthews and a 76 year old female driver in a 2010 Audi” reads the fake report. “The driver of the Audi was issued a citation for failing to stop at a red light before striking the vehicle driven by Clay Matthews at a high rate of speed.”
620 WTMJ Doug Russell tweeted today “Clay Matthews broke both of his legs while riding in Lennay Kekua’s car, which collided w/ Lil’ Wayne’s car, killing both drivers. #Internet.” But moments later, he said “Please…for the love of all things holy, don’t take that last tweet seriously.” Apparently, many people did.
Russell later added “Oh no, first Clay Matthews breaks his legs, now Aaron Rodgers does. Who shall break their legs next?” Russell kept on tweeting links to the Global Associated aka MediaFetcher hoaxes. He added “Oh no! Jordy Nelson breaks his legs now too! It’s an epidemic.”
Clay Matthews has been in a car accident, his legs are fine, and Lil Wayne, Miley Cyrus, and Nick Jonas aren’t dead either.