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Cam Newton Car Accident: Internet Hoax Claims Panthers Quarterback Breaks Both Legs

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jan 30, 2013 11:35 PM EST

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Cam Newton broke both of his legs in a car crash. At least that's what the Internet is saying. However the Carolina Panthers quarterback didn't break his legs because he was never in a car accident. Newtown is the victim of an Internet hoax.

A report came out on Wednesday by Global Associated News, which read:

 "A spokesperson for the Carolina highway safety authority (HSA) has confirmed that Cam Newton has broken both of his legs in a traffic altercation. He has been transported via ambulance to a local Carolina hospital for treatment, and the full extent of his injuries are not known at this time, however, both of his legs were visibly broken and not life threatening according to sources.

The accident involved a 2012 BMW driven by Cam Newton and a 76 year old female driver in a 2010 Audi. The driver of the Audi was issued a citation for failing to stop at a red light before striking the vehicle driven by Cam Newton at a high rate of speed."

Since there are so many details to the story, it is easy to believe that it's real, but Global Associated News creates fake reports using a generator.

A message at the bottom of the site reads:

"FAKE... THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! 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."

Cam Newton did not get in a car accident and he did not break both of his legs. Even the Panthers released a statement disproving the rumor.
"No truth to any twitter rumors that Cam Newton was in a car accident," the Panters PR twitter account said.

Yet fans of the young football star have taken to Twitter to discuss the rumor which they believe is true. Some examples of tweets include

"Cam Newton broke both of his legs in a car accident? #SupermanWillRecover"

"Pray for Cam Newton!!! Broke both his legs in a car accident"

"Cam Newton just Broke Both of his legs in a car accident smh this is #tragic Y'all please keep him in prayer"

"Please keep Cam Newton in your prayers as he has broken both of his legs in a car accident tonight #LoveYou #BeSafeYall"

Don't worry fans. Newton may not have made it to the Super Bowl this year but his legs are still in perfect condition and he'll be able to play next season.

 

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