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NFL Twitter account hacked; hacker tweets that Roger Goodell died

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the field before

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the field before the Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers in the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on Jan. 19, 2014 in Seattle. Credit: Getty Images / Ronald Martinez

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.

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