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Ben Roethlisberger Car Accident: Internet Hoax Claims Steelers Quarterback Breaks Both Legs

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Apr 03, 2013 04:54 PM EDT

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Ben Roethlisberger broke both of his legs in a car accident. At least that's what the Internet is saying. However the Pittsburg Steelers quarterback didn't break his legs because he was never in a car accident. Roethlisberger is the victim of an Internet hoax.

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

 " A spokesperson for the Denver highway safety authority (HSA) has confirmed that Ben Roethlisberger has broken both of his legs in a traffic altercation. He has been transported via ambulance to a local Denver 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 Ben Roethlisberger 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 Ben Roethlisberger 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."

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Carolina Panther's quarterback Cam Newton became the victim of the same exact hoax a few months ago.

Roethlisberger did not get in a car accident and he did not break both of his legs. Yet fans of the football star have taken to Twitter to discuss the rumor which they believe is true. Some examples of tweets include:

"Ben Roethlisberger really broke both of his legs in a car accident.... What the f***"

"Holy sh**, if it's true that Ben Roethlisberger really broke both his legs in a car accident the Steelers season is over before it began"

"Ben Roethlisberger broke both legs in a car accident? Really hope this is just a joke"

 

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