FACT CHECK: Have These Four States Banned NFL Games?
An article shared on Facebook claims Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Idaho have banned NFL games.
None of these states have NFL franchises. The article originated on a satire website.
The website Patriots Again published an article titled “Four Southern States Ban NFL Games: If They Hate America They Should Leave.” It claims four states – Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Idaho – have banned NFL games from being played within their borders until the league “decides to be American again.”
“This could be months or it could be years,” Joe Barron, the supposed spokesperson for the “Quadstate” coalition, is quoted as saying. “It’s up to them. This will have a large financial impact on the league, and force them to reconsider their leftist stance.”
However, Check Your Fact didn’t find any credible media reports about Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas or Idaho banning NFL games. No announcement to that effect appears on the states’ respective websites. The four states do not have NFL teams, the NFL website shows. (RELATED: Did Kansas City Chiefs Owner Clark Hunt Say He Would ‘Immediately Fire’ Players And Staff Who Don’t Stand For The National Anthem?)
The Patriots Again article lifts nearly word-for-word from America’s Last Line of Defense, a parody news website that describes itself as part of a network that creates “parody, satire, and tomfoolery.” Barron, a fictional character, often appears in stories on the America’s Last Line of Defense website and other sites in its satire network.
The “About Us” section of the America’s Last Line of Defense website clearly disclaims that “everything on this website is fiction.” The Patriots Again article fails to issue a similar disclaimer, portraying the story as genuine, a common way misinformation spreads online.