NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP)— The NFL is looking into how its Twitter account came to be hacked with a post purporting that Commissioner Roger Goodell had died.
Around midday Tuesday, a post went up on the league's official account that read: "We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57," followed by a hashtag and "RIP."
The NFL's Twitter account was hacked & they tweeted out that Roger Goodell has passed away pic.twitter.com/nMgCt0NSwf— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) June 7, 2016
The statement received more than 2,000 retweets before it was finally deleted. The league’s vice president of communications, Brian McCarthy, later confirmed via his own Twitter account that the Goodell tweet was not true and was not sent by NFL officials.
After the initial tweet was deleted, the hackers issued two follow-up tweets that said: "Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don't delete that tweet," and, as other Twitter users began to pick up on the fact that it was a hack, "OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job."
NFL Twitter account still is being hacked.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2016
And Roger Goodell still is alive. pic.twitter.com/RLoNoP204P
Goodell last tweeted Monday at around 12 p.m. ET. As of Tuesday afternoon, he had yet to comment on the hack.