Twitter hoaxes aren’t just limited to the college ranks.
A number of Washington Redskins have been duped by a woman using a fake online identity, prompting an investigation by the National Football League.
Phillip Daniels, a former defensive end currently serving as the Redskins’ Director of Player Development, says he posted a memo in the locker room alerting players to the hoax, according to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com.
The memo, which Daniels posted in December, reads: “Stay away from @RedRidnH00d. Avoid her on Twitter. Avoid her on Instagram. Do not converse with this person on any social media platform. She is not who she claims to be.”
The NFL’s investigation centers on a woman using the name Sidney Ackerman. Ackerman is alleged to have used pictures of adult entertainer C.J. Miles to mislead four players into establishing a dialogue.
The subsequent conversations occurred primarily through Twitters direct message feature.
Darlington says the Twitter account and corresponding Facebook page were both deactivated shortly before he published his report. The person in control of both accounts was aware of the story.
The identities of the players taken by the hoax were not immediately available.
In an ironic twist, Daniels’ son DaVaris is a sophomore wide receiver at Notre Dame.