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Fake News: Colin Kaepernick Did NOT Sign 2 Year Deal With The Steelers For $8 Million

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Thu, 24 Aug 2017 21:54:00 Z)

Prank website Channel24News was used by someone to post an article titled "Colin Kaepernick signs 2 year deal with the Steelers for $8 million". It read:

Free agent Colin Kaepernick today signed a 2 yr 8 million dollar contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers today as a back up to Ben Roethlisberger.


This is not true, no such news has been announced. Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, and many peopel speculate it is because of a controversy described by Wikipedia as follows:

In 2016, Kaepernick gained national attention when he began protesting by not standing while the United States national anthem was being performed before the start of games, motivated by what he viewed as the oppression of people of color in the U.S.

We can't say if this is the real reason why he remains a free agent, but we do know one thing for sure: Channel24News is a prank website operated by a Korry Scherer from Milwaukee, WI. according to WHOIS data. The site lets visitors create their own realistic looking fake news stories to prank friends and family.


The site seems to be part of a network of similar sites. So far we've found these, but there may be others:

  • channel22news.com
  • channel23news.com
  • channel24news.com
  • channel28news.com
  • channel45news.com

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About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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