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Joe Flacco Car Accident: Internet Hoax Claims Ravens Quarterback Broke Both Legs

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jul 21, 2013 01:03 PM EDT

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

A report came out this week by Global Associated News, which reads:

"A spokesperson for the Baltimore highway safety authority (HSA) has confirmed that Joe Flacco has broken both of his legs in a traffic altercation. He has been transported via ambulance to a local Baltimore 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 Joe Flacco 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 Joe Flacco at a high rate of speed. Team spokespersons could not be reached for comment at this time."

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, Carolina Panther's quarterback Cam Newton  and several other football stars became the victim of the same exact hoax a few months ago.

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

"Joe Flacco got in a car accident!? What!? No. No. No. No."

"This can't be true @TeamFlacco got both his legs broke in a car accident day
before training camp damn"

"Joe Flacco broke his legs in a car accident?"

"JOE FLACCO JUST BROKE BOTH HIS LEGS IN A CAR ACCIDENT BY A 78 YER OLD LADY"

"Joe flacco broke both his legs in a car accident? Have fun this season all you baltimore fans!"

 

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