FAKE NEWS ALERT: No, a Man Did NOT Accidentally Burn His House Down After Setting Nike Shoes on Fire

FAKE NEWS ALERT: No, a Man Did NOT Accidentally Burn His House Down After Setting Nike Shoes on Fire

A narrative about a man who by accident burned his home down after setting his Nike sneakers on fireplace in protest over the corporate’s ties with Colin Kaepernick is 100% faux information, in response to Snopes.

Following Nike’s announcement on Labor Day 2018 (Mon, Sep. 3) that controversial free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick could be a part of the corporate’s ‘Simply Do It’ 30th-anniversary advert marketing campaign, the hashtag #NikeBoycott rapidly grew to become a trending subject.

Disgruntled customers then took to social media to indicate that they’d now not be supporting the model by destroying their Nike attire, principally by fireplace

So this created a good storm for somebody to give you some faux information. One individual created a viral Fb put up that made it appear like he suffered extreme foot burns by setting his Nike sneakers on fireplace whereas he was sporting them.

Then the fake information web site Huzlers joined in on the “let’s make sh** up” enjoyable by posting an article saying that a Florida man had by accident burned his home by down whereas making an attempt to burn a pair of Nike sneakers over the corporate’s public assist of Colin Kaepernick. The article even had a image of a white man with a tattoo on his brow that reads “racist” to make the story appear extra believable.

A Florida man has been arrested after he reportedly by accident burned his dwelling down by trying to burn a pair of Nike sneakers in protest of their newest Colom Kaepernick Advert.

In keeping with authorities, Jason Helms, 26, positioned a pair of Nike sneakers in his storage and soaked them in Kerosene earlier than lighting them on fireplace. The hearth ended up spreading to the the storage partitions and ceiling earlier than spreading to his precise dwelling. All in protest in opposition to Nike, who just lately made an Advert that includes controversial NFL star Colin Kaepernick and studying: “Imagine in one thing, even when it means sacrificing the whole lot… Simply do it”. “Don’t burn your Nike gear” says police officer Don Greestien, “simply ship them over to me”.

Jason Helms additionally has a historical past of race associated crimes previously and is now being charged with Arson and reckless endangerment and might withstand a few years in jail.

That very same article was additionally printed on different faux information websites imitating the looks and domains of actual information organizations such because the Fox Information Channel and USA In the present day, and with the placement modified from Florida to Rochester, NY and Bartlesville, OK.

The bogus story went viral on Fb and has been shared 1000’s of instances. Fb customers have been fast to joke about swift “karma” or the alleged sufferer’s intelligence, however there’s one downside: THIS NEVER HAPPENED.


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