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Drew Brees Did NOT Break His Legs in a Car Accident

Outline
Circulating message claims that American football star Drew Brees has broken both legs in a car accident.

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Brief Analysis
The claims are false. Drew Brees has not broken his legs. The message is a hoax derived from a website that allows users to create fake news stories about celebrities.

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Example

PRO FOOTBALL NEWS:
Drew Brees Breaks Both Legs In Car Accident

A spokesperson for the Louisiana highway safety authority(HSA) has confirmed that Drew Brees has broken both of his legs in a traffic altercation. He has been transported via ambulance to a local Louisiana 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.\


Detailed Analysis


This message, which masquerades as a news snippet is currently circulating via Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. The message links to a longer article that is presented in news format.

According to the article, American football player Drew Brees has broken both legs in a car accident.  The article claims that Brees had the accident while driving his BMW and was transported to a local Louisiana hospital for treatment.

However, the claims in the message are false. Drew Brees has not broken his legs in a car accident. The article is not a real news report. The story comes from a fake news website called "The Global Associated News". A note on the bottom of the article states:

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 celebrity death and injury hoaxes. In fact, the same "legs broken in car accident" template has been used many times before to create fake news stories about Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger, Ray Lewis, Dylan Murphy and others.

The site currently has a "Fantasy Football" promotion offering "season ending fake news" which promises to "take FF trolling to a whole new level".  Users can pick a location and generate a "glorious traffic accident" story involving two broken legs for any player in any team.

If a story about the death or injury of a famous person comes your way, it is wise to verify the story via a legitimate news source before reposting it.

It also should be noted that scammers often use fake news reports about the deaths of celebrities as a means of tricking people into installing rogue apps or malware.

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Last updated: November 26, 2013
First published: November 26, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
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