For anyone slightly internet savvy, it should come to no surprise that more and more people are being 'catfished' in today's over-abundant social-media world. The tactic, which involves a person posing as a fake identity online in order to lure in unsuspecting people looking to find love or a simple hook-up seems to have hit the pinnacle of the pop culture realm after Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o confessed last week that he fell victim to a catfish scam in regards to what he thought was his dead ex girlfriend.
Now there's a report on NFL.com by Jeff Darlington that says four Washington Redskins players nearly got catfished by talking with Twitter profile, @RedRidnH00d, a profile recently proved to have been fake.
The profile was run by a 'Sidney Ackerman,' and the picture seen below — which Sidney was using to portray herself — was actualy of porn-star C.J. Miles. The photo was used multiple times, only slightly altered for each use.
The Twitter profile was taken down just before the story broke, but according to Darlington, Sidney Ackerman didn't exist and there was even a memo in the locker room warning players about her.
"If you think about it, a lot of them are single guys, and they see somebody who looks good in a picture or something," Daniels said. "In many cases, it involves someone who is a fan of the team, so they'll start talking about the team. You have to recognize that something just isn't right.
"But you're talking about a lot of guys who are single. I don't fault the guys. I fault the people who are doing this crazy stuff, causing these problems."
Redskins director of player development, Phillip Daniels, said players had corresponded with 'Ackerman' for months via Twitter and Instagram; some even had plans to meet up with her. Turns out, the real woman behind the profile was a real-life Redskins fan — shocker.
Darlington also mentions Twitter profile, @RideAndDieChick, yet another fake account who has supposedly been in contact with 22 other NFL players and six NBAers.
Manti, you're not alone.
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