A “deleted tweet” from the account of Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson is going viral on social media, with fans of Ohio State eating up. Unfortunately, (or, for Patterson and Michigan fans, fortunately) the tweet is almost surely fake.
The tweet was “discovered” by an account called College Football Quotes.
A graphic was made up for the “tweet” and posted at 5:10 p.m. E.T.
It’s been retweeted more than 1,000 times.
Did Michigan QB Shea Patterson mean to tweet this from his burner account? 😂
Patterson referred to himself in 3rd person and threw shots at both Ohio State QB Justin Fields and Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh in a tweet response to a fan in a now-deleted tweet. pic.twitter.com/msdIba0Wix
— College Football Quotes (@cfbquotes) July 7, 2019
The tweet isn’t real, though. At least, we don’t believe it’s real.
This account has made up quotes before as “jokes,” most notably a “quote” from Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal.
The quote, a shot at Auburn, went viral on social media, with sites writing it up as bulletin board material. However, the account went on to admit that it was all made up:
Things I learned today: Oregon fans cannot take a joke
— College Football Quotes (@cfbquotes) July 2, 2019
We believe that’s what is happening again with this “tweet” from Patterson. The account, College Football Quotes, is the only source for the tweet. Even if the tweet was quickly deleted, you would think someone else would’ve screen-shotted it. Patterson has more than 50,000 followers.
The Patterson thing is fake. It is from a twitter account that outright states it's making everything up in its bio. Hooray twitter. pic.twitter.com/UBstGkaVZP
— mgoblog (@mgoblog) July 8, 2019
So, you’ve been warned. If you see any viral quotes/graphics from the College Football Quotes account, think twice before sharing it.