Jay Z is not buying the Los Angeles Dodgers and “moving them back to Brooklyn” for the 2015 season.
A fake article published on satirical Empire News is saying otherwise, however.
Here’s the disclaimer for the site: “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.”
The bogus report had tens of thousands of shares on Facebook. On Twitter, users apparently believed the fake news item.
One person wrote on Facebook: “Jay Z don’t start [expletive] with L.A. You better think twice before messing with So.Cal’s emotions Keep it Real. You aint no Dodger fan. You wear a NY hat and still have made comments like it belongs to you (NY Logo). You never been to a Dodger game in Brooklyn, So why now, Just to mess with Los Angeles. Or to try to prove to NY that you can do whatever you feel like. Personally I think this is BS but if it ain’t Jigga, L.A. ain’t giving up the dodgers without a fight.”
But some noted that it’s satire. “LMAO! Gotta love these satirical articles. There’s no way in hell the Dodgers will ever go back to Brooklyn,” said another.
Here’s what part of the Empire News article said:
The battle for MLB in Los Angeles is over, as it looks as though the Angels will soon be the only LA team. Rapper and media mogul Jay Z and his Rockafella Investment Group have bought the Los Angeles Dodgers, and word is he’s bringing them back home to Brooklyn for the 2015 season.
“It all came together beautifully,” said Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter. “I already own Washington Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Dodger Stadium suffered just enough damage in a minor November earthquake to make it unsafe, and the Dodgers were a steal at just $2 billion. Washington Park is a little small, but it will be a nice intimate setting until I can build something bigger. I’m going to have my babygirl Beyonce sing the National Anthem on opening day! Hell I may have her sing it every time we’re there. The Brooklyn Dodgers are back home where they belong, it’s a beautiful thing!”