When a report surfaced on Wednesday that the Broncos were trying to trade for Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron, general manager John Elway responded by tweeting that the report was “another example of irresponsible, fake news!!”
The term “fake news” was made popular by Donald Trump during his successful run for president last year. It’s not farfetched to believe Elway’s tweet was inspired by Trump’s own style of tweeting.
I've always said next stop for Broncos PR Guy is White House. Looks like John Elway providing good on-the-job training. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 9, 2017
Some Broncos fans aren’t too happy about the situation.
You wanna know how to lose me as a lifelong Bronco fan and season ticket holder? Start mixing politics with sports and I'm out Mr. Elway.— Adam (@aburke9580) August 9, 2017
You should really think about how irresponsible it is to throw the term "Fake News" around.— Adam (@aburke9580) August 9, 2017
Leave political references out of sports please.— Josh Henderson (@BurnabyJoeFan) August 9, 2017
Oh, come on, sir. Not you, too. Just say the reports are wrong or inaccurate. "Fake news" is so cheap.— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) August 9, 2017
Mixing football with your politics is not a wise move. I'm officially turned off. Bye.— DE Mom (@Momof2inDE) August 9, 2017
Oh please don't you start using that term now too. You can simply say it's rumor and not factual. That term makes people sound dumb now.— The Single Mom Blog (@SngleMomSucces) August 9, 2017
ugh.. "Fake News"?!?! Sad!— Os Cruz (@ThatOsCruz) August 9, 2017
Love you John. Thanks for quickly & effectively refuting an erroneous report. But man I can't wait until the fake news catchphrase goes away— Mike Middleton (@Third_Eye84) August 9, 2017
There were also fans that came to Elway’s defense.
I dislike Trump as much as next person but it's no more irresponsible than "journalists" nowadays spinning opinions as well researched facts— MJ (@ChartsAndStuff) August 9, 2017
Just seeing the words 'fake news' triggered you lol— Albaro (@martinez3507) August 9, 2017
As a Canadian I really didn't know that even joking about fake news got everyone so triggered. It was a joke guys and gals. Relax.— Mickey D (@TheRealMarkMcD) August 9, 2017
Elway, a Republican, attended Trump’s inauguration ceremony in January. The former quarterback-turned NFL executive told Fox News in 2015 that he has been approached about running for political office but he would rather “be on the supporting side than the guy that’s running.”
Elway recently signed a five-year contract extension with the Broncos, so he’s unlikely to leave for politics anytime soon, or perhaps ever. He’s happy to continue beating the Raiders while supporting politics from the outside.