A false tweet claimed that Commissioner Roger Goodell had died, after the National Football League’s Twitter (TWTR.N) account was hacked on Tuesday, said league spokesman Brian McCarthy through a tweet.
“The @nfl Twitter account was hacked. @nflcommish is alive and well” the tweet stated.
The false tweet which alleged the following “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP” was quickly removed, only to be followed by another rogue message, this time seemingly mocking the league.
“Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died,” the tweet read. “Don’t delete that tweet.”
“Roger Goodell” quickly began to trend on Twitter, with some social media users cracking jokes.
Worth noting that the NFL was not the only high-profile account hacked this week, as facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked on Sunday.