By Erica Abbott
Reports that Gordon Ramsay ordered his staff to take a knee and refused to serve Miami Dolphins are false. Rumors that the players were denied service at the celebrity chef’s restaurant stemmed from a well-known purveyor of fake news and satire.
According to Hoax Alert, the fake claim originated on The Last Line of Defense, a website known for publishing fake news and political satire. The article claimed that Ramsay instructed his staff to take a knee and told the players they would not be receiving any service. It purported:
Four Miami Dolphins showed up at Gordon Ramsay’s Soho Social Gastropub for a bite to eat after their horrible performance and disrespect for our flag and our country. Linebackers Malcolm Warner and Clyde Vargus along with right guard Jefferson Michaels and left tackle Mutombo Toki Del Fuego were seated at a corner booth.
Ramsay walked over and introduced himself, telling them that he had followed all of the drama on TV, and invited them to join him at the pass for “something special.” LLOD correspondent Cynthia Luwhoe, who was enjoying a French Dip at the time, reported in on what happened next:
“Ramsay had the entire staff gather at the pass and instructed them to take a knee. ‘You are four of the most disrespectfrul young men I’ve ever met, said Ramsay, ‘my staff is better than that; better than you. You won’rt be getting service here tonight. F*ck off with the lot of you.’”
The report, however, is entirely fabricated. While Ramsay is known for dishing out some fairly harsh words to people, there is no evidence to suggest that he cussed out Miami Dolphins players who took a knee during the national anthem—especially given that the players listed do not exist. The Last Line of Defense clearly states in their disclaimer that articles are not meant to taken seriously:
America’s Last Line of Defense is a satirical publication that may sometimes appear to be telling the truth. We assure you that’s not the case. We present fiction as fact and our sources don’t actually exist. Names that represent actual people and places are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and do not in any way depict reality.
On Sunday, players Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills took a knee during the anthem, joining hundreds of other NFL players who have recently knelt or locked arms in solidarity following President Donald Trump’s Twitter attacks. Last month, Trump called on the NFL to “fire or suspend” players who kneel during the playing of the anthem—setting off a league-wide protest.
Three Dolphins took a knee this morning: Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas & Kenny Stills. pic.twitter.com/Tr5z95yGjQ
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 1, 2017
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Gordon Ramsay’s Staff Refusing to Serve Miami Dolphins
I love Gordon Ramsay. After this, I love him more now! https://t.co/HdXTLULboT
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