An article saying Green Bay Packers receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson were caught with “battery powered gloves” and got a lifetime ban is fake.
The bogus article was posted on Empire News, a satirical website.
Empire News has a disclaimer, which says it’s fake.
“Empire News is a satirical and entertainment website. We only use invented names in all our stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental,” it reads.
The article had tens of thousands of shares and likes on Facebook as of Tuesday.
“National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell announced this morning that after an undercover investigation, significant evidence has been uncovered suggesting that Green Bay Packers wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson have used battery-powered, ‘performance enhancing’ gloves during games this season,” the bogus article says.
On Twitter and other social media sites, people apparently believed the bunk report.
“I like how adrian petterson wll be back next season prabably but two packer players who used battery powered gloves will be banned for life,” said one person on Twitter.
Added another: “Let’s just say this…the Bears don’t cheat!” and added a link to the fake article.
Said another, “If You Ain’t Cheating You Ain’t Tryin.”
Added another: “Sounds like hand warmers (on a freezing cold day) with batteries. Marching bands use stuff like that all the time.”
“Punishment to severe to fit the crime !!! Chicago Bears fan,” another wrote.