Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper seems to be alive and well, despite an internet report Wednesday that stated otherwise.
Someone with the Twitter account that went by the name The Offseason with the handle @TOffseason tweeted from Dallas early in the afternoon: “BREAKING NEWS: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper shot in a parking garage in Dallas area. Coopers health is unknown, will follow with updates.”
The tweet and account appear to have been deleted since then — and for good reason, because the tweet was quickly proved to be inaccurate. Former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant tweeted that he had just heard from Cooper.
This world have some real messed up folks in it... coop just text me... I don’t get it.. why would anybody start a rumor like that?? Weirdos seriously— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) February 19, 2020
“coop just text me...” Bryant wrote. “I don’t get it.. why would anybody start a rumor like that?? Weirdos seriously.”
The Dallas Police Department tweeted that it had “NOT found any validity” to the original tweet concerning Cooper.
There has been a tweet going viral that Amari Cooper has been shot in the Dallas area. We have NOT found any validity to that tweet occurring in the city of #Dallas. At this time, there has been NO shooting incident occurring in the city of Dallas. @ChiefHallDPD— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) February 19, 2020
Finally, Cooper himself checked in, reportedly posting on Instagram that the report “was fake news y’all.”