NEW YORK: The NFL said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) it had “engaged law enforcement” to find out how hackers managed to access the league Twitter account and falsely post that commissioner Roger Goodell had died.
The tweet was deleted minutes after it was posted and Brian McCarthy, the league’s vice president of communications, posted on his own Twitter account that it was untrue.
“The @NFL Twitter account was hacked,” McCarthy posted. “@nflcommish is alive and well.”
Later, McCarthy said the league was looking into the matter.
“We have engaged law enforcement to look into the matter,” he said. “We are reviewing and strengthening our cyber-security measures.”
The original hoax post on the NFL’s verified official Twitter account was a somber message on a black background: “We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57.”
It was soon deleted, as were follow-up tweets that said “Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet,” and, as word spread of the hack “OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job.”
Goodell laughed off the flap via his own Twitter account.
“Man, you leave the office for 1 day of golf w/ @JimKelly1212 & your own network kills you off. #harsh,” the commissioner tweeted.