If you were watching WSVN's 11 p.m. newscast last night you were blasted with the news that Ray Allen had reached a 3-year, $11 million deal with the Miami Heat. You were also totally misinformed. Turns out WSVN got its scoop from a single source: a fake Twitter account.
Belkys Nerey alerted viewers of a "NEWS ALERT" (complete with big, gaudy graphics) shortly after the start of the 11 o'clock newscast and cut to sports reporter Mike DiPasquale. While it is indeed true that Ray Allen is currently in town holding talks with the Heat, there's been no announcement made as to whether he plans to take his talents to South Beach or stick with the Boston Celtics so far. DiPasquale however excitedly reported that he had chosen the Heat, and credited Yahoo! Sports.
Except, Yahoo! Sports reported no such thing. Though, a parody account of Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski did report the news according to Deadspin, and the station apparently ran with it both on air and Twitter.
Later in the night they issued this Tweet:
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