Internet hoax targets Clay Matthews
The WTMJ News Team
Clay Matthews. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
CREATED Mar. 17, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Packers linebacker Clay Matthews is the victim of an Internet hoax.
An online report started it all, saying: "A spokesperson for the Wisconsin highway safety authority (HSA) has confirmed that Clay Matthews has broken both of his legs in a traffic altercation."
Viewers called and wrote TODAY'S TMJ4 asking if it was true. Turns out, it's not.
The website is a fake. It even says so in this disclaimer: "THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes!"
It was believeable enough that the NBC Sports website says they were "flooded with emails and tweets inquiring about the situation."
Fans were desperate for information on Matthews' Facebook page.
The buzz was so big, Matthews (@claymatthews52) himself responded to his half-a-million followers on Twitter saying: "Where'd you hear that? The Internet. And you believed it? Yeah, they can't put anything on the Internet that isn't true."
Matthews wasn't the only athlete targeted by the website.