The Star Tribune admitted today that it ran quotes falsely attributed to Randy Moss's agent Joel Segal.
Access Vikings reporter Judd Zulgad ran a quote purportedly from Segal saying Moss was "very sad" about being put on waiver by the Vikings. The headline on the story: Agent: Moss sad by Vikings' decision to waive him
But it's now clear that the Zulgad was never in touch with Segal and was instead taken in by an email hoax.
According to an email sent to press critic David Brauer by Strib sports managing editor Glen Crevier:
"Judd exchanged emails on Monday afternoon with someone alleging to be Joel Segal of Lagardere Unlimited. Segal is the agent for Randy Moss. We posted a blog entry with a quote from Segal. While we had no reason to believe that the email was fraudulent, we later the learned that we had been duped, and immediately removed the story from our website."The Strib may have taken down the post, but the fake quote has already gotten out into the wild. Here's the full fraudulent email that the Strib ran:
"Randy is very sad to find out about being waived by the Vikings this morning," Moss' agent, Joel Segal, said in an e-mail to the Star Tribune. "He has and always will remain fond of the fans in Minnesota. We will let the process of the waiver wire take its course and we will move on from there."The fake agent also claimed that both Miami and Seattle had already expressed interest in Moss. The bunk info was even quoted on the front of USA Today's sports section.