NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL is looking into how its Twitter account came to be hacked with a post purporting that Commissioner Roger Goodell had died.
Around midday Tuesday, a post went up on the league’s official account that read: “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57,” followed by a hashtag and “RIP.”
That tweet was soon deleted, as were follow-up tweets that said: “Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet,” and, as other Twitter users surmised it was a hack, “OK, OK, you amateur detective win. Good job.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirms the account was hacked and says the league is looking into what happened.