Michael Jordan won’t be coming back to play for the Charlotte Hornets.
A fake article from satirical news site Empire News, however, has confused many this weekend.
Here’s the disclaimer for the website: “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 article had tens of thousands of shares.
Some people apparently believed the bunk story.
“Really Not happy that he’s playing for the Charlotte Hornets….. Come back to Chicago Bulls Michael!!” one person wrote.
“Has to be joke surely I hope all his shots get swatted,” said one person.
Added another: “Show me a video of him saying all of this and maybe I’ll believe it.”
Said another, “North Korea Hackers, please hack this stupid site immediately to avoid them saying Korea will attack the rest of the world within the next couple of weeks.”
Here’s what the article said, in part:
Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan announced earlier today that after years of time away from the game, he will make an attempt to come back and play for the Charlotte Hornets, the team he co-owns.
Jordan, 51, held a press conference earlier today and shocked sports journalists and fans alike with the possible game-changing announcement.
“After being out of the game more than ten years, and hearing so much talk about Kobe Bryant passing up my all-time point total, I’ve decided to make myself available to my team as a player. I can still shoot the rock, did y’all doubt that?” Jordan said as he laughed.