Just to clear the air... Colin Kaepernick is NOT on the Jets. At least not yet.
It's a weird time for sports news. Although no sports are being played, there are more rumors floating around about various topics than we can keep up with. In other words, it's the perfect time for known Twitter trolls to emerge and take advantage of unsuspecting sports fans while they're at their most vulnerable to believe anything they hear.
Take this tweet from @SuperToughScene, for instance.
He's got the little profile picture down. He's got the graphic with the official Jets and NFL logo. He even snuck in the (via @AdamSchefter) tag for added effect. And as of 4:00 pm ET on Thursday, around two hours after the post, he's got 5,000 retweets and 15,800 likes.
Apparently, based on the comments, he got a huge portion of NFL and Jets fans to buy into the fraudulent report, including a legitimate TV station. News reporters and writers were thrown for a loop, though the bulk of them were able to resist temptation of sharing the news immediately and give the faux report its due diligence.
The account, run by a user that goes by a somewhat inappropriate name (so we'll leave it out), started a thread afterward about how the tweet had worked in fooling a ton of verified accounts.
When you think about the deal logically, it doesn't make much sense anyway. Sam Darnold is the quarterback of the future for the Jets, and the team has high expectations for what he's capable of, especially after Tom Brady's departure from the division.
That hasn't stopped Kaepernick from reportedly taking advantage of the attention and reaching out to the Jets, according to TMZ Sports. It wouldn't be out of the question, considering the lengths the former 49ers quarterback has gone to in order to get a look from some potential suitors.
We're just thankful that we weren't one of the victims of this fairly well-crafted fake tweet. Be wary, sports fans, and remember that you can't believe everything you read.