The Jacksonville Jaguars are hit with a fake news article claiming they are filing bankruptcy

by jonathan.svetna on February 13, 2018 - 2:55pm

On the 3rd of December 2017, an article was posted on the patriot post claiming the Jacksonville Jaguars, an NFL team since 1993, was filing bankruptcy because of the kneeling of multiple players on the team. On August 14th 2016, Colin Kaepernick started a protest by kneeling during the national anthem that is sang before every NFL game. His cause for this process is to raise awareness on the racial inequalities present in the Unites States of America. The protest took major importance when, a year later, president Trump asked the owners to fire the players that kneeled during the national anthem, calling the kneeling players “sons of b*tches”. The protest went viral when over 200 black players responded to Trump’s comments by taking a knee during the anthem of the following game. The patriot post is a right wing conservative site that mostly displays opinion pieces. The article was written under the name “Flagg Eagleton”, a pseudonym seen in the past, used to display false information. The subject of the article is completely false; the Jacksonville Jaguars are not filing bankruptcy. In the “about” section of the patriot post site, the site explains that all of their content is fictional, which proves us most of the information found on this website is false. The article claims that 31 of the 42 men on the Jacksonville Jaguars took a knee during the National Anthem of the United States. This information is false because an NFL team is composed of a minimum of 53 players. Additionally, the article states that the protest “pissed off every God-fearing, country-loving American who has either had the honor to serve or know someone who did.” It also adds that the players “might as well have wiped their proverbial asses with the American flag”. The protest has been controversial because many conservative Americans have taken offense to the kneeling believing the players disrespected the American flag and the American military. The players have responded by explaining that they are using their platforms as professional athletes that are on national television every week to display a message and raise awareness on a reality present in the United States.


While I was reading your article, I tended to compare ''The Patriot Post'' to a fake news website like ''Le Journal de Mourreal". Indeed, those websites are the playground of a lot of fake news reporters that want to fool people who do not know how to check information that they found on Internet. Sadly, even in 2018, a lot of people are not aware to this type of trap and they fall into it each time. I would have liked you to share you opinion about it. Personally, I think those websites should be denounced because there are no benefits of their existence.