In spite of a hack who TWICE tweeted that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was dead, the commish remains remarkably alive. On Tuesday afternoon, the NFL’s official Twitter feed posted the following: “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP.”
The tweet was taken down quickly but lots of retweets had already gone out. And then, as if to thumb his nose to the league and Goodell, a second tweet said, “Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet.” When the second tweet was also removed, the hacker added one last message – “OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job”
Fortunately, Goodell has a good sense of humor, and in the spirit of American writer and humorist Mark Twain whose response to a similar problem elicited the quote, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” Goodell tweeted the following: “Man, you leave the office for 1 day of golf w/ @JimKelly 1212 & your own network kills you off. #harsh”
According to Matt Bonesteel of The Washington Post, the hack seemed to come in part from a Twitter user named @IDissEverything. It was the last account followed by @NFL before the tweets went up and the account is now suspended.
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