Clay Matthews was rumored to have broken both his legs in a car accident last night ... IT WAS A RUMOR! Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Clay Matthews is NOT a French model - and both his legs are fine - Bonjour


It’s been a great day on Twitter and the Internet … I’m sure you’ve see the “news story” about Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews that includes this information:

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

While the news page “looks” official enough … it’s from Global Associated News. So I first asked myself when I first saw it, What’s Global Associated News and why are they the first to break this story? Why not the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, the Green Bay Press Gazette? Profootballtalk.com? or why not lombardiave.com?

So, I did what every good reporter does – I Googled it … ahahahha. After all, you can believe everything you read on the Internet, right?

But after a couple of clicks it became apparent the site was responsible for many, many hoaxes.

But there sure are a lot of people on Twitter who took it at face value.

Clay Matthews III was not one of them. The Green Bay Packers’ linebacker wasn’t about to let this slide by and wasn’t going to be considered a French model either.

Here’s is what he tweeted at about 2 p.m. CDT today:

Number one, we’re happy that Clay is OK and that the story was a hoax. Secondly, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet … it’s NOT always true.

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