Governor Greg Abbott Tweets Out Fake News Story About The Dallas Cowboys
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has fallen victim to a fake news story on Twitter. During last year's NFL season, now former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick protested the national anthem by taking a knee when the song was sung or played.
While many players and coaches took stands one story seemed to grow about Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. There were internet reports that Jones had threatened players that if they took a knee, they would be thrown off the team. That stand was applauded by many fans around the country. The problem is, Jerry Jones never made that threat according to the Dallas Morning News.
While Jones did say the protest was "really" disappointing. The Dallas Morning News and their sources have never confirmed that Jones threatened any players.
Tuesday night, Texas Governor Greg Abbott applauded Jones' stand while linking to a website that claimed Jones made the promise to kick players off the team during training camp this year.
While the Governor may want Jerry Jones to make the threat, it didn't happen and according to the Dallas Morning News, the hoax story has also been attributed to others.
The Seattle receiver didn't name Jones, but the phrase echoes part of a manufactured quote that was attached to Jones and circulated primarily on Facebook last month. Multiple sources told The Dallas Morning News at the time that Jones never made those or other alleged comments and the episode as described never happened.
Snopes, which bills itself as the definitive internet reference source for urban legends, folk lore, myths, rumors and misinformation put it in the category of fake news and noted the statements were incorrectly attributed to Jones.
The hoax didn't end there. Later versions of the post attached those fabricated quotes to Clark Hunt, CEO and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs.
It's just another example to check those sources and not everything you read on the internet is true.