Washington Redskins Players Almost ‘Catfished’ By Woman With Fake Identity [Details]
Rucuss staffJanuary 23, 2013
Former Notre Dame star Manti Te’o isn’t the only gullible athlete in the world.
As it turns out, plenty of athletes get duped by fake profiles of women on social media websites, but it never went as far as the Te’o incident. You remember that one right?
Te’o fell in love with a woman online that he never met. There relationship spanned three years before she reportedly died from leukemia in 2012. But turned out to be a hoax concocted by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and two other people for jokes.
Now other incidents are surfacing of players who have been duped by fake profiles. According to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com, at least four Washington Redskin players were duped by a woman with a fake online identity.
Once Redskins director of player development Philip Daniels caught wind of the situation he put a memo up in the locker room in December warning players to stay away from one particular profile.
His message read, “Stay away from @RedRidnH00d. Avoid her on Twitter. Avoid her on Instagram. Do not converse with this person on any social media platform. She is not who she claims to be.”
Players failed attempts to meet the woman behind the Twitter account led to suspicion that she was fake. NFL security did an investigation into the identity of one fake female named Sidney Ackerman, who used the pictures of porn star C.J. Miles to establish a relationship with the players.
Once the person behind the profiles realize that she had been caught she took down the Twitter and Facebook accounts of Ackerman. Most of the conversations with players happened over Twitter through direct messaging.
But in some instances, “Ackerman” also sent separate photos of Miles to players’ cell phones, never suggesting the photos were not her own, as conversations endured on and off for months.
“I think it was all about attention,” Daniels said about the woman behind the fake profiles. “I don’t think it was any of the other stuff. It was just about being able to talk to them, pretending to be someone they aren’t. It was never a situation where guys were giving money or anything like that.”
The woman behind the ‘Ackerman’ accounts is a diehard Redskins fan. She allegedly got a thrill from being able to talk with the players. She never asked for money or benefits.
Lucky for the players, they didn’t become emotionally attached like Te’o.
Photos via bleacherreport, NFL.com
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