Is Roger Goodell Dead?! Hackers Took Over The NFL’s Twitter Account & Tried To Convince People He Was
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is not dead. He jumped on Twitter less than an hour ago and revealed that he is still very much alive. But early Tuesday, a hacker group called Peggle Crew broke into an NFL employee’s email, stole the password for the league’s Twitter account, and revealed that Goodell had died at the age of 57. It was pretty shocking to see the tweet sent out into the world, and because Muhammad Ali and Kimbo Slice both just died, there were plenty of fragile people who believed the tweet, even though it came tagged with an #RIP which didn’t seem like something the NFL would send out.
Within just minutes, the Goodell tweet was gone, but it was quickly replaced with one that said, “Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete the tweet,” which indicated that there was definitely a hack taking place. Then came another tweet that said, “OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent out a tweet of his own at that time about how Goodell was alive and NFL PR spokesman Brian McCarthy said Goodell was “alive and well,” too. The hoax was over and everyone went back to doing whatever they were doing before Peggle Crew dropped their bombshell tweet.
It doesn’t sound like the NFL is moving on so quickly, though. A few hours after the Goodell tweet was sent out, Schefter reported that the league has already been in contact with law enforcement and wants to investigate the Twitter hack. Additionally, the league is vowing to work harder to “strengthen its cyber-security measures” in the near future. That should prevent situations like this, but you would have thought that an organization that’s as big as the NFL would already have the best security measures in place, wouldn’t you?
At any rate, today was a weird day for the NFL. But once again, it had everyone talking about football at the beginning of June. So score another victory for Goodell & Co.