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Issue 141 - October 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 16

Michael Vick Did NOT Break His Legs in a Car Accident

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Outline
Message circulating vigorously via social media claims that oft reviled football player Michael Vick has broken both legs in a car accident.



Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are untrue. Michael Vick did not break his legs in a car accident. The information is derived from a fake news item published via the satirical entertainment website "fakeawish.com".

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Last updated: October 3, 2012
First published: October 3, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


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Michael Vick Broken Legs Hoax

PRO FOOTBALL NEWS: Michael Vick Breaks Both Legs in Car Accident




Detailed Analysis
This message, which appears to be a news headline and links to what appears to be a real online news article, is currently circulating rapidly via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. The message claims that US based football player Michael Vick has broken both his legs in a car accident. The message links to an article, couched as a "developing story", that gives more information about the supposed accident. The article claims that the controversial and oft despised Vick broke his legs in an accident while driving his BMW in Philadelphia and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

However, the claims in the message are untrue. Vick has not broken his legs in a car accident. The article is not a genuine news story. The story originates from a fake news website that calls itself "The Global Associated News". A disclaimer on the bottom of the article explains:

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.

Such stories can be generated for inclusion on the bogus news site via templates available on fakeawish.com, a site responsible for generating many a viral celebrity death hoax along with multiple other nonsensical stories. In fact, the very same "breaks both legs" template has been used before to create fake news stories about accidents involving Ben Roethlisberger, Ray Lewis, Dylan Murphy and many others.

And, for the record, there are are no reports about a car accident involving Vick on any credible news outlet. It is always best to verify any "celebrity news" stories you receive via a legitimate news source before sharing it with others.

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PRO FOOTBALL NEWS:Michael Vick Breaks Both Legs In Car Accident
FakeAWish.com
PRO FOOTBALL NEWS:Ben Roethlisberger Breaks Both Legs In Car Accident
PRO FOOTBALL NEWS:Ray Lewis Breaks Both Legs In Car Accident
PRO FOOTBALL NEWS:Dylan Murphy Breaks Both Legs In Car Accident

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  2. Facebook 'Virus' Warning Message - Album 92
  3. Dubious Facebook 'Security Alert' - Obama Nation Hackers
  4. Johnny Depp is NOT Dead
  5. Social Media Rumours Falsely Claim Fidel Castro is Dead
  6. Justin Bieber Stolen Laptop and Camera - Sex Tape Rumours
  7. 'Interested in Using Your Photo for Pepsi Ad' - Money Laundering Scam
  8. Hoax - Obama's Cook County Correctional Center
  9. NatWest 'Customer Satisfaction Survey' Phishing Scam
  10. Facebook Survey Scam - 'Drunk 17 Year Old Caught on Tape'
  11. Facebook's Promoted Posts Program for Users Causing Confusion
  12. 'Little Dead Girl Clarissa' Warning - Nasty and Violent Internet Chain Letter
  13. Hoax Warning Message - 'National Kill A Pit Bull Day'
  14. Yorkshire Building Society - Egg Account Transfer Phishing Scam
  15. Skype 'Password Successfully Changed' Scam Email
  16. Michael Vick Did NOT Break His Legs in a Car Accident