If you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Chargers, you can take a deep breath and relax. The supposed “leaked trade” was simply a photoshopped tweet created by a fan, which even fooled outlets like PFF.
Before we get into the story, a quick warning: it is confusing and involves a lot of tweets (some deleted), so read carefully.
Earlier this morning, PFF (Pro Football Focus) tweeted that the Chargers agreed to a trade with the New York Giants. The trade would have seen LA send the 11th overall pick to New York in exchange for the 13th and 77th overall picks.
However, according to PFF, the Chargers had announced this trade on Twitter only to later delete their tweet. Here’s where it gets a little confusing.
Soon after PFF posted their tweet alleging that the Chargers deleted their tweet, PFF realized that the Chargers never posted anything of the sort in the first place.
The so-called “deleted tweet” was created by a fan using his photoshop (Illustrator, to be precise) skills, who promptly took credit for his prank. PFF, understanding their mistake, ended up deleting their tweet.
I told you it was confusing, but who doesn’t love a bit of irony.
Although PFF removed their tweet after the news was confirmed to be fake, it looked a little something like this.
Just posted and deleted from the Chargers 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/U2680i3Dwx
— LeadingNFL (@LeadingNFL) April 26, 2021
Fan Takes Credit For Los Angeles Chargers Deleted Tweet, NFL Insider Reacts
Once PFF posted his fake tweet, Max Merten, the creator, quickly responded in the comments. He said, “Too bad this pic was made up by me and is completely unrelated to the Chargers.”
Too bad this pic was made up by me and is completely unrelated to the Chargers. pic.twitter.com/iixwg1xic9
— Max Merten (@mertenmaxx) April 26, 2021
Merten’s prank, which he likely didn’t expect to gain so much attention, even drew a response from Field Yates, an NFL Insider for ESPN.
Not only did you get the internet to bite on a fake draft trade, you got it to bite on a Dave Gettelman trade back scenario. pic.twitter.com/OCV3oFJoyT
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 26, 2021