John Elway’s ‘Fake News’ Tweet Over QB Issue Is Quite Scandalous
“Quarterback controversy.” “Fake news.” It’s amazing how two little words can incite people.
John Elway, the two-time Super Bowl-winning Broncos legend who now serves as the team’s VP of football operations and general manager, took to Twitter on Wednesday to dispute a report that the team was interested in trading for Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron.
Denying a media report in and of itself is not unusual, but Elway’s decision to refute with the phrase “fake news” certainly was.
Rumor of us being interested in anyone other than the QBs we have is another example of irresponsible, fake news!!
— John Elway (@johnelway) August 9, 2017
The Broncos will most likely trot out either Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch under center when the regular season kicks off. Those names don’t exactly strike fear into opponents’ hearts and they certainly won’t have fantasy football players praying they’re still available to draft come anytime before the 16th round. But that’s not the point. The point here is that Elway invoked a simple, yet highly divisive, phrase popularized by the highly divisive President Trump to make his point.
It should be noted that Elway attended Trump’s presidential inauguration. In a sport where politics can be isolating (see Colin Kaepernick, who, coincidentally is a QB that is available to play), he’s been able to make his point courteous of a controversial phrase that may yet define this presidency. Kaepernick
Elway’s tweet incited did not go unnoticed and invoked plenty of response from both sides of the aisle.
You wanna know how to lose me as a lifelong Bronco fan and season ticket holder? Start mixing politics with sports and I'm out Mr. Elway.
— Adam (@aburke9580) August 9, 2017
It's become a phrase used by people to attack mainstream news outlets doing actual journalism to confuse the intellectually weak.
— Gen. Thoughts (@GeneralThoughts) August 9, 2017
Same people complaining about this praised Colin kapernik for kneeling and don't even realize how much ESPN is saturated with Marxism.
— Nathaniel Robb (@NathanielRobb) August 9, 2017
Did you just go full Trump? I'll drop this franchise after 34 years if you start mixing politics in with football. Dems are fans too.
— (((Dileep Rao))) (@leepers500) August 9, 2017
Oh, come on, sir. Not you, too. Just say the reports are wrong or inaccurate. "Fake news" is so cheap.
— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) August 9, 2017
THE CHEAP IS COMING FROM THE LEFT.. Fake news is always the liberal agenda.. get off Elway.. HE SPEAKS TRUTH.
— Dianna Schroeder (@diannantexas) August 10, 2017
Really, John? You look like a damn fool using Trump rhetoric. Be a leader.
— MuttSandersBrother (@muttsandersbro) August 9, 2017
speak your mind and snowflakes freak out. John Elway
— Phil Abraham (@AbrahamPhil) August 10, 2017
Oh Jesus. Elway is a trumptard?
— Joe (@Bananasandjoe) August 9, 2017