Don't worry, Saints fans. Quarterback Drew Brees did not have both legs broken in a car accident.
A fake news website has been running the same story about several other high-profile athletes, causing a stir on social media among fans of their teams.
On Thursday, the same website posted the same fake story about Falcons receiver Julio Jones. The only problem? Jones was busy running routes and catching passes during Atlanta’s mandatory minicamp, an impressive feat considering he allegedly had two broken legs.
WWLTV received several phone calls Friday afternoon about the hoax and Brees eventually tweeted that he all was fine.
I am fine. Not sure where the car accident story came from. It is not true. I appreciate everyone’s concern but I am ALL GOOD!— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) June 21, 2013
A disclaimer at the bottom of the web page that started the rumor points out that all stories on it are fake.
“THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE!” it reads. “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! this story was dynamically generated using a generic 'template' and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank 'non-specific' template for the purpose of entertainment.”