A shocking story circulating just a day after Super Bowl XLVIII claims that the NFL is investigating allegations that the championship game was rigged. Is this story true?
The article is fake.
The story comes from the “humorous” website huzlers.com. The same website is responsible for several other fake viral stories, such as the report that a boy killed his brother over the “Flappy Bird” game.
The fake article writes:
After The Seattle Seahawks victory over the Denver Broncos at the NFL’s 48th Super Bowl with a final score of 43-8, NFL officials have just discovered that the game was most likely rigged. NFL officials have just found clues that might prove the game was rigged. Officials believe the Broncos intentionally lost the championship in exchange for a large amount of money.
Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay told reporters he sensed something strange when he overhead Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning allegedly asking Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll “When are you going to pay up?”. McAulay immediately became suspicious and notified other officials and that’s when it all started. The NFL is currently investigating the situation and looking for evidence to prove the game was rigged. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters “This is like that Chicago White Sox scandal back in 1919, I can’t believe this, they ruined the sport, I just can’t believe it”.
The fake news account, replete with a juvenile writing style and punctuation errors, has not been reported by any reputable news source.
Huzler’s description states, “Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.”
The NFL is not investigating allegations that the Super Bowl was “rigged.” The report comes from a poorly-written article in the name of satire.