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Clay Matthews is latest victim of double-broken-leg online hoax

March 18, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews' legs are intact during this 2010 game against the Buffalo Bills -- and they still are now, contrary to a hoax circulating online over the weekend.
Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews' legs are intact during this 2010… (Jim Prisching / Associated…)

Clay Matthews does not have two broken legs. Or even one for that matter. As far as we know, that is.

Since when is it news when someone is not horribly injured? Ever since some sicko created a website that claims to allow other sickos to concoct fake news reports about "any player, any team, two broken legs in glorious traffic accident!"

How nice. Apparently just one broken leg isn't quite horrific enough.

Anyway, the alleged purpose of this site is to help fantasy football owners get a competitive advantage over everyone else in their league (a.k.a., cheat). But since this is March, apparently this thing has taken on a life of its own.

Oh, and by the way, the same site allows users to create fake celebrity death stories as well. Can't think of any way this could benefit anyone.

Many football players -- including Ben Roethlisberger, Ray Lewis, Michael Vick and Peyton Manning -- have received the fake-double-broken-leg treatment. You'd think football player + two broken legs would send up a red flag, but for some reason the Clay Matthews hoax got quite a bit of attention over the weekend.

So much so that the former USC standout responded Sunday on Twitter: "Where'd you hear that? The Internet. And you believed it? Yeah, they can't put anything on the Internet that isn't true."

Don't know about you, but I'm still not convinced. After all, you can still type with two broken legs.


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