By Erica Abbott
Reports that Colin Kaepernick signed a two-year deal with either the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Green Bay Packers are false. Rumors that the former San Francisco 49s quarterback signed an $8 million contract with either NFL team stemmed from a prank news website.
According to Hoax Alert, the fake claim originated on Channel 24 News, a website that allows users to trick their friends by creating prank news stories. The two articles claimed, with little variation, that Kaepernick had signed a multi-million dollar contract with either the Steelers or the Packers. They purported:
Free agent Colin Kaepernick today signed a 2 yr 8 million dollar contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers today as a back up to Ben Roethlisberger..
Free agent QB Colin Kaepernick signed a 2 year deal with the Green Bay Packers today. He’ll be expected to be the backup to Aaron Rodgers.
Both reports, however, are entirely fabricated. Not only does each article feature “You Got Owned” and “You’ve Been Pranked” statements, their disclaimer also states that they are a prank news website:
We do NOT support FAKE NEWS!!! This is a Prank website that is intended for Fun. Bullying, Violent Threats or posts that Violate Public Order are NOT permitted on this Website.
Channel 24 News allows users to create pranks by simply coming up with a title, a brief description and image. Though they are meant to trick only family and friends, the misleading articles generally go viral—leading to lots of confusion.
Kaepernick remains a free agent, which many speculate is because of his controversial “decision to protest the oppression of minorities in the United States by taking a knee during the national anthem,” according to SB Nation. He is still unsigned, despite revealing earlier this year that he would begin standing for the national anthem during the 2017 season. Some considered his protest to be un-American or disrespectful, including President Donald Trump.
Just days ago, hundreds of Kaepernick’s supporters rallied outside the NFL headquarters, demanding a meeting to discuss ways to support players who players who are “socially active,” USA Today reports. Kaepernick thanked his supporters on Instagram, writing, “It’s amazing to see the power of the people continue to grow. My faith always has been and always will be in the power of the people!”
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake stories on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Stories about Colin Kaepernick Signing Deal with Steelers or Packers
Colin Kaepernick signs 2 year deal with the Steelers for $8 million – Channel 24 News https://t.co/xOPNmgHLdd
— Jason Nedimyer (@JaYdAwWgG30) August 25, 2017
Colin Kaepernick signs 2 year deal with Packers for $8 million – Channel 24 News https://t.co/Ap1QNURvxv
— Gary J. Feest (@gfeest) August 25, 2017
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