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ESPN falls for fake Jay Glazer report, on live TV

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Every year at the start of free agency, a few wiseacres tweet bogus information about NFL free agent signings, purportedly from real NFL insiders. Today ESPN fell for a fake tweet on live television.

It started this afternoon when a Twitter impostor pretending to be Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that free agent defensive end Olivier Vernon would sign with the Jaguars. Someone at ESPN saw the tweet, didn’t realize it was fake, and informed ESPN’s on-air people of the report, which they proceeded to discuss on NFL Live. Trey Wingo, Adam Schefter, Tedy Bruschi, Herman Edwards and Tim Hasselbeck all spent several minutes discussing how Vernon would affect the Jaguars’ defense.

And then Schefter piped up to inform his co-workers — and the audience — that the whole thing was bogus.

“Sometimes people get duped by fake accounts,” Schefter said. “And there are people here who got duped by a fake account. There’s no deal with Jacksonville right now. . . . We apologize for that mistake, and we’ll keep you posted when Olivier Vernon does sign a deal.”

It was a regrettable mistake, but one that could happen to anyone who broadcasts live on the air. It was also a good reminder that on the busiest day of the NFL year, it’s a good idea to double-check sources.

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58 Responses to “ESPN falls for fake Jay Glazer report, on live TV”
  1. DC DeCastro says: Mar 9, 2016 2:52 PM

    Hahahahahahahahaha!

    Take that BSPN!!!

  2. kmgpop says: Mar 9, 2016 2:52 PM

    Some intern is going to take the fall for this.

  3. a1b24312 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:52 PM

    ESPN needs a complete management makeover. Including purging of reporters and behavior modification of reports who engage in questionable disclosures of private records.

  4. kane337 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:52 PM

    Oops

  5. hcdbus says: Mar 9, 2016 2:52 PM

    ESPN got chaps’d lmao

  6. steelerfanjo says: Mar 9, 2016 2:53 PM

    ESPN employs Ray Lewis, and promotes Mike & Mike’s awful morning show. What once was the coolest thing on earth is now a sports joke. ESPN much like MTV… if you just could have stayed what you were!!!

  7. arwiv says: Mar 9, 2016 2:54 PM

    Its going to be the jags or the giants regardless.

  8. greg3117 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:55 PM

    Only on ESPN!!!! To quick to verify the facts…..see what that gets you?

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 9, 2016 2:55 PM

    Hysterical!

    Regards,

    Terry Bradshaw

  10. blackdonnelly says: Mar 9, 2016 2:55 PM

    BSPN – keepin’ it real LOL!!!

  11. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:55 PM

    Verified Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook accounts are clearly marked with the blue check-mark icon. How could this ESPN staffer miss that?

  12. pasote says: Mar 9, 2016 2:55 PM

    As if I believe anything ESPN spins anyways.

  13. redrew says: Mar 9, 2016 2:56 PM

    11 out of 12 ESPN mediots lie for a living

  14. kcchiefs19 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:56 PM

    Tell me what it shouldn’t be a felony to impersonate someone else! I don’t give a rip about ESPN, glazer, Vernon, or the Jags…but why is it suddenly funny and ok to create a fake Twitter or social media account and fake a story.

    It is interesting that we are a society that is so bent on “holding accountable” this that and they other…but we turn a blind eye if it is a fake tweet…or even an over zealous reporter trying to be “first” with a story…there should be some punishment for lying.

  15. jaxbeachsurfshop says: Mar 9, 2016 2:56 PM

    yeah yeah. It’s an absolute race to report it first. It takes 10 seconds max to know if a piece of info is bogus. Just makes ESPN look so tacky.

    That said, you have to think Vernon will be in Jax if they wanna spend it.

  16. steelerben says: Mar 9, 2016 2:57 PM

    I’m shocked that they were able to fact check and correct this information so quickly. I thought it would be more of a wait several months and then issue an apology in the middle of the night thing, which is their usual style.

  17. arwiv says: Mar 9, 2016 2:58 PM

    Well Giants just signed Damon Harrison go I guess that makes the jags the big favorites for Vernon.

  18. trollaikman8 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:58 PM

    Good job E!SPN

  19. badmoonrison says: Mar 9, 2016 3:00 PM

    Couldnt have happened to a more deserving network. I love it.

  20. hrmlss says: Mar 9, 2016 3:00 PM

    What if it is a fake fake report? So true…

  21. mccontrary says: Mar 9, 2016 3:01 PM

    If you’re second with the story and right, you’re still doing your job. If you’re first with the story and wrong, everyone will remember you for the putz that you are.

  22. tmcb7 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:02 PM

    I’m shocked they even acknowledged the false report. They still haven’t reported Mortenson’s 11 footballs 2 lbs underinflated was false…
    And that was a HUGE false report.

  23. bamboozle99 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:02 PM

    I remember when a fake Steve Bartman was on live TV for a few minutes.

  24. TB12RALLYCRY says: Mar 9, 2016 3:02 PM

    The fake story fits right in with the rest of them from the likes of Mortenson and Scheffter…….no credibility

  25. boyso3 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:05 PM

    ESPN not checking up on a story and hurrying to be the first to get it out there?! No way they ever do that 👍🏻

  26. 1969mojo says: Mar 9, 2016 3:06 PM

    Did they read Babba Booey as well?

  27. kev86 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:07 PM

    Ditka with a fake tweet on his way out…the world has changed.

  28. vonmillertime says: Mar 9, 2016 3:08 PM

    kcchiefs19 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 2:56 PM
    Tell me what it shouldn’t be a felony to impersonate someone else! I don’t give a rip about ESPN, glazer, Vernon, or the Jags…but why is it suddenly funny and ok to create a fake Twitter or social media account and fake a story.

    It is interesting that we are a society that is so bent on “holding accountable” this that and they other…but we turn a blind eye if it is a fake tweet…or even an over zealous reporter trying to be “first” with a story…there should be some punishment for lying.
    ————————————————————–
    It’s called freedom of speech. I’m allowed to lie if I want to as long as it’s not under oath. Creating a law banning lying is against our constitution and principles.

  29. tomtravis76 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:08 PM

    Just do as Stephen A does, cite inside sources or a person within the inner circle and it becomes facts on ESPN.

  30. joker65 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:08 PM

    So, the rush to be first takes priority over vetting the report and making sure its correct.

    Welcome to the new age of reporting, where facts be damned and its about getting the scoop at all costs.

  31. collectordude says: Mar 9, 2016 3:10 PM

    Bunch of dummies.
    Have not watched ESPN in years.

  32. ourbonesaredriedup says: Mar 9, 2016 3:18 PM

    ESPN falling for a fake story as opposed to creating one, now that is a surprise.

  33. philwauke says: Mar 9, 2016 3:20 PM

    Ditka… Fall guy.

  34. drunkraider says: Mar 9, 2016 3:22 PM

    so now we know their ” unnamed sources close to the situation ” are.

  35. unclemoobaa1911 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:26 PM

    Maybe it wasn’t fake, maybe Glazer faked faking?

  36. flaccodelic says: Mar 9, 2016 3:36 PM

    Twitter is the worst. Yes, I’m blaming Twitter, not for this specific mistake, but for conditioning people that they know all they need to know about a topic at a quick glance.

  37. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:36 PM

    arwiv says:
    Mar 9, 2016 2:58 PM
    Well Giants just signed Damon Harrison go I guess that makes the jags the big favorites for Vernon.
    ———-

    The two are not mutually exclusive, so I don’t know how you figure this.

    Giants have plenty enough cap space to still sign Vernon.

  38. nightryder10 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:53 PM

    I hear Cris Carter knows a guy who will take the blame.

  39. Frum Slum says: Mar 9, 2016 3:59 PM

    Might as well hire Steve Harvey

  40. bkg63 says: Mar 9, 2016 4:00 PM

    Video of the talking heads “exchange” please! LOL

  41. tigershark0052 says: Mar 9, 2016 4:02 PM

    If it weren’t for NFL and NBA games, I would never watch that network. Britt McHenry is an idiot, for starters.

  42. vdogg says: Mar 9, 2016 4:08 PM

    Awesome. Just awesome.

  43. buckethead1 says: Mar 9, 2016 4:20 PM

    They fired Schefter and hired Ditka to replace him…

  44. tajuara says: Mar 9, 2016 4:37 PM

    Honestly though, does anyone watch ESPN anymore? The “analysts” are mediocre at best, and the programs are sub par.

  45. mackcarrington says: Mar 9, 2016 4:41 PM

    The only thing Trey Wingo is missing is the bulb on his nose, the face paint and the clown suit.

  46. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 9, 2016 4:52 PM

    ” It was also a good reminder that on the busiest day of the NFL year, it’s a good idea to double-check sources.”
    ——————————

    HA! Busy day or not – ESPN has NEVER double checked a source in the history of it’s existence.

  47. marima07 says: Mar 9, 2016 4:57 PM

    Hey everyone! You too can be an ESPN analyst!

  48. rportkid says: Mar 9, 2016 4:58 PM

    No surprise here. ESPN is a joke of an organization..very much like the NFL. Pathetic. Integrity.

  49. jwilliamsspf says: Mar 9, 2016 4:59 PM

    THAT’S IT…they’re finished!!!! Finally we can close the book on ESPN’s reign as king of sports television. Thank you for helping bring them down, Florio! You are a man of integrity and without mistakes.

  50. grogantomorgan says: Mar 9, 2016 5:00 PM

    Why is nobody surprised ?

  51. rekroot says: Mar 9, 2016 5:48 PM

    Espn still king of fantasy. SMH

  52. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 9, 2016 5:49 PM

    sorry but i choose to beleive the glazer tweet is true

  53. izzysydbas says: Mar 9, 2016 8:56 PM

    Well we sometimes get fake reports from the ‘real’ reporters too. And speaking of Jay Glazer: I remember him reporting, definitively, last January, on National TV, that Chuck Pagano would be fired the next day.

    It really his hard to distinguish the ‘fake’ from the ‘real’.

  54. thisdamnbox says: Mar 10, 2016 2:20 AM

    Did Captain Janks move his act to Twitter?

  55. homegrowntalentmn says: Mar 10, 2016 3:10 AM

    I hate espn but I gotta watch highlights. Thats why I only can stomach watching neil and stan at night. Everyone else are idiots thou

  56. luvfootballblog says: Mar 10, 2016 1:43 PM

    ESPN just reported that Dallas Cowboys dumped Romo and acquired Manziel

  57. stevepatriot says: Mar 10, 2016 8:05 PM

    ESPN has created a reputation for themselves (11 of 12 …) and it is not pretty.

  58. sportspresscomblog says: Mar 10, 2016 8:41 PM

    maybe espn should have checked with obama

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