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Brandon Bostick Shot by Hardcore Green Bay Packer Fan?

Rumor: Green Bay tight end Brandon Bostick was shot by a disgruntled Packers fan.

Published Jan 19, 2015


Claim:   Green Bay tight end Brandon Bostick was shot by a disgruntled Packers fan.


Example:   [Collected via twitter, January 2015]


Origins:   On 18 January 2015, the entertainment website Huzlers published an article claiming Green Bay tight end Brandon Bostick was shot by a disgruntled Packers fan after he fumbled an onside kick during his team's loss in the NFC Championship game against the Seattle Seahawks:

After The Green Bay Packers lost to the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC championship, It was reported that Green Bay Packers Tight End Brandon Bostick was reportedly shot by a hardcore Packers fan for causing [sic] Green Bay the game.

Green Bay fans blamed Brandon Bostick for the Packers loss and were not cutting him any slack. As Bostick and the Packers were leaving the stadium, an unknown gunman managed to shoot Bostick twice. Bostick was hit in the right leg, and the right shoulder. As authorities quickly responded, the gunman was able to escape. Bostick was immidiatly taken to the nearest hospital where he is being treated for his wounds. Authorities are still searching for the gunman. More information will follow regarding Bosticks condition, stay tuned to huzlers.com for more updates.

While it's true Brandon Bostick fumbled an onside kick during the NFC Championship game, the Green Bay Packers player was not attacked for his mistake. In fact, fans, teammates, and reporters have taken to social media to support Bostick:

Bostick told reporters after the game he was supposed to block for Jordy Nelson on the play, but when the ball came his way he tried to catch it instead:

I'm human. I made a mistake. But if I would've made the play, we wouldn't have been in this (position) or if I would've made the block, we wouldn't be talking about this. But it's over now, so I'll just try my best to get over it. I'm at a low point right now. The whole world is on my back about this thing, but my teammates are here to pick me up. They know it's just a mistake, and they've been my side. They've definitely helped me out a lot. I'm just trying to deal with this. I'll just move on from it, come back here and just work hard and just try to put that behind me.

Huzlers is a fake news web site that does not publish factual articles. A disclaimer on the site states stories are written to keep readers in a "state of disbelief."

Last updated:   19 January 2015

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