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Goodell Is Not Dead: Hacked NFL Twitter Account Announces League Commissioner's Death


"OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (AP)

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 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."

Goodell last tweeted Monday at around 12 p.m. ET. As of Tuesday afternoon, he had yet to comment on the hack.

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