Consider Boston Celtic Jason Terry and Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews the latest victims of Internet hoaxes.
The veteran shooting guard was rumored to have died over the past couple of days, and Matthew was supposedly mangled in a car accident. Both rumors are completely false.
Terry's "death" came at the hands of LeBron James. More specifically, a dunk by James. As reported by USA Today, some prankster changed Terry’s Wikipedia page, and claimed his “cause of death is being viciously dunked on.”
While the slam was impressive (watch here), it most certainly did not kill the 35-year-old Terry.
Then there is Green Bay linebacker Matthews, the latest NFL player to reportedly have both his legs broken in a car accident.
Pro Football Talk cited the other rumors that started last summer like Atlanta receiver Julio Jones, followed by superstar quarterbacks Tony Romo and Peyton Manning.
Terry is certainly alive after he refused to comment on James’ remarks that he was “glad” to have “posterized” him.
As for Matthews, he responded on Twitter on Sunday: “Where'd you hear that? The Internet. And you believed it? Yeah, they can't put anything on the Internet that isn't true.”
With those rumors to bed, both can focus on their respective teams.
Terry is in the midst of a down year after signing with Boston in the offseason, averaging 10.3 points per game, his lowest since his rookie season. The Celtics are currently seventh in the East, but can rise in the standings with 16 games left before the playoffs.
Matthews, like the rest of Green Bay, is probably wondering what moves the Packers will make in free agency and the draft after losing receiver Greg Jennings to rival Minnesota over the weekend.
Last season the five-year veteran led Green Bay with 13 sacks, and the Packers had the 11th best total defense in the NFL.
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