Before Colgate was tasked with facing the high-powered Tennessee Volunteers, they were forced to combat fake news at its worst.
A rumor circulated on twitter that Colgate's Jordan Burns missed the team charter flight to Columbus via a fake news reporter. You can't make this stuff up.
After the Colgate Basketball team arrived in Columbus, OH they noticed they left a player at the airport in New York.— Richard G. West (@RGW_News) March 21, 2019
Freshman Jordan Burns missed the charter flight and is now taking a Uber to Columbus to meet up with the team.
This account has less than 700 followers, yet was retweeted over 2,000 times, even fooling the likes of CBS News. This is certainly not a good look for sports journalism as a whole, and speaks to the need for basic fact checking. For one, Burns isn't even a freshman.
Earlier this week, a fake reporter tweeted that a Colgate player had missed the team's flight and had to take an Uber to Columbus. Problem is, that story was complete bullshithttps://t.co/wBRPBCsk4M— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) March 23, 2019
Burns' mother apparently called him after learning of the report, only to surprise her son when she brought up the rumor. Burns had been with his team the entire time, and was preparing for the team's upcoming Tournament game against Tennessee.
We've seen major media outlets fall for fake Woj, Rapoport and Schefter accounts in the past, but the fact this random man with no name recognition was able to fool this many people is concerning.