2016 was the year of fake news. It’s disturbing how easily fake news was generated and excepted throughout the year, and now former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer has given us an idea of just how easy it is to fool everyone.
Earlier this month, Switzer shared a photo outside of Trump Tower in New York and set his epic troll job in motion.
Switzer joked about “a great interview” with the president-elect, adding he would be Trump’s “Secretary of Offense! He plans to run the ball! Said I’m his guy!”
Switzer later met with with press inside of Trump Tower, sharing a plan to make the Wishbone Offense great again.
— Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) December 7, 2016
As it turns out, Switzer had everyone fooled.
The former coach was really just strolling around Fifth Avenue shopping with his wife when he ducked into the tower for some Starbucks.
Switzer explained the troll job to Politico:
Media widely reported Trump met with Barry Switzer, the former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach who has known Trump for decades. But Switzer said he was shopping with his wife and daughter on Fifth Avenue and decided to walk into the Trump Tower lobby after seeing the Naked Cowboy. He had no meeting scheduled.
Switzer said he instead went upstairs in Trump Tower, bought a coffee at Starbucks and came back downstairs.
“I told the reporters I had a great visit, and that we were going to make the wishbone great again,” he said. “I told them I was going to be Secretary of Offense and that Trump knew how to run the ball down the field.”
“Then I went back to my hotel and laughed my ass off,” he said, still laughing this week. “It went everywhere. Everyone believed it. I had all these calls, but I was just jerking people around.”
Well played, coach.
This is the kind of fake news story we can actually appreciate.
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