The Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl win is being “put on hold” while the NFL launches an investigation into whether quarterback Patrick Mahomes used performance-enhancing drugs during halftime.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The claim was made by a single Twitter account that posts seemingly satirical sports headlines. An NFL spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press that the claims are “absolutely false.”
THE FACTS: Hours after Mahomes led the Chiefs to a come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the false claim about an investigation into the quarterback’s alleged drug use began circulating widely on social media.
The claim was made by a seemingly satirical Twitter account purporting to be a “sports journalist” that frequently posts outlandish claims about sports. But screenshots of the post quickly spread to other platforms, where people shared it as real news.