The NFL’s verified Twitter account was hacked Tuesday afternoon.
The account tweeted false news of commissioner Roger Goodell’s death at 12:36 p.m. ET. The tweet read “We regret to inform our fans that our commisioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP”
That tweet was deleted about five minutes after it was posted, but the hacker followed up with a tweet from the account at 12:44 that said, “Oi, I said Roger Goodell has died. Don’t delete that tweet.”
A minute later, the hacker tweeted, “OK, OK, you amateur detectives win. Good job.”
NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy confirmed the hack, tweeting that “The @NFL Twitter account was hacked. @nflcommish is alive and well.” McCarthy later said that the NFL has “engaged law enforcement to look into the matte” and is “reviewing and strengthening our cyber-security measures.”
All three of the hacker’s tweets were deleted.