Roger Goodell is alive and well.
NFL VP of communications Brian McCarthy quickly tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that the league’s official Twitter account had been hacked, and commissioner Roger Goodell was "alive and well."
Minutes earlier, a hacker using the NFL’s Twitter account posted that Goodell had died at age 57, and followed up with a tweet saying, "Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet." The hacker followed up with, "OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job." The tweets were quickly deleted.
Chances NFL's Twitter password is still 1234? pic.twitter.com/qD5He87UrM— Neil Greenberg (@ngreenberg) June 7, 2016
Here’s how sports reporters covering the league reacted.
The @NFL account was hacked. Roger Goodell is fine. Carry on.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 7, 2016
NFL's Twitter account was hacked. Roger Goodell is working away.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2016
NFL will probably suspend hacker 4 games, then spend millions aggressively + unnecessarily pursuing legal action to ensure suspension stands— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) June 7, 2016
I regret to inform my fans that Roger Goodell is still alive.— Matt Ufford (@mattufford) June 7, 2016
If the NFL account Tweets out a picture of Goodell with a gas mask, it's all over, shut it down.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) June 7, 2016