Whoops: ESPN Soccernet Treats Fake Lionel Messi Quotes Like They’re Real
A few days ago, Dirty Tackle's Brooks Peck "broke" the "news" that even Lionel Messi's ghost would never play for any club but Barcelona. It was a pretty funny item, owing largely to the use of phrases like "ghost football" and "spirit money." And ESPN's Dominic Raynor agreed, placing it in his column "Off The Ball," a compilation of off-beat soccer news.
The issue: Off The Ball is for off-beat soccer news that's also true. Peck's post: not so much. And he had great fun pointing that out this morning:
Remember that ridiculous bit of completely made up nonsense about Messi saying that even his ghost would only play for Barca we ran earlier this week? Well, those lovable scamps over at ESPN Soccernet seem to have thought they were real quotes. Seriously.
Peck went on to chide Raynor for not crediting him on Messi's "quotes" (though really, that might have been for the best). For the record, the Messi section was removed from Raynor's piece once Peck pointed out his post was a joke (but Peck, of course, provided a pre-removal screengrab). Additionally, Peck noted that ESPN wasn't even the only news source to misinterpret one of his jokes: a French site took a joke about Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas as the real deal.
Honestly, the Fabregas post (about an odd reason that made him not want to return to Barcelona) might have been even more absurd than the Messi one. Here's one thing Fabregas "said":
"I just discovered this great tapas place in London," said the 24-year-old World Cup winner. "And, yeah, I've had better back home, but how can I leave now? This place is a find."
Peck openly wondered if he "need[s] to get better at writing jokes that people don't think are real things." Personally, normally this ridiculous, we're hoping nothing changes.
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