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Geno Smith Car Accident: Internet Hoax Claims Jets Quarterback Broke Both Legs

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jul 29, 2013 01:07 AM EDT

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Geno Smith, or Eugene Cyril "Geno" Smith III, broke both of his legs in a car accident. At least that's what the Internet is saying. However the New York Jets quarterback didn't break his legs because he was never in a car accident. Smith is the victim of an Internet hoax.

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

 "A spokesperson for the Boston highway safety authority (HSA) has confirmed that Geno Smith has broken both of his legs in a traffic altercation. He has been transported via ambulance to a local Boston 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 Geno Smith 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 Geno Smith 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, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Carolina Panther's quarterback Cam Newton became the victim of the same exact hoax about a month ago.

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

"Geno smith broke both his legs? man please tell me that's a joke

"Just seen the craziest news ever former wvu football player Geno smith just
broke both legs in car accident. #breakingnews"

"Geno Smith broke both of his legs from a car wreck. :("

"Did Geno Smith for real break both his legs in a car accident?"

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