After a viral video sparked rumours that Drew Brees had been killed by lightning, worries about his safety erupted on Twitter.
An image of the NFL quarterback being struck by lightning during a shot was uploaded on Twitter early on Friday.
Since the movie is so realistic, many people assumed Drew was actually dead as a result of its effects and grew quite worried about his safety. Fans should not panic, since it was immediately made clear that the video was a planned stunt.
Drew Brees isn’t dead
According to ESPN Saints writer Katherine Terrell, Drew personally assured a reporter that he was “alive and well” in a message.
In a Tweet that was circulated on December 2, she stated: “I just sent Drew Brees an SMS. He claimed to be in good health and to have avoided being struck by lightning.
When the stunt was pulled, the former NFL star was filming an advertisement for the sports betting firm PointsBet.
The Catatumbo River in Venezuela, the world’s most active lightning hotspot, is where the footage was recorded. So, it’s not surprising that some people believed the video to be authentic and that Drew was in danger.
Sportbook company clarifies the confusion
PointsBet Sportsbook addressed the rising anxiety around the former quarterback in a tweet on Friday, shortly after the commercial video went viral and Drew’s admirers flocked to Twitter to inquire about his wellbeing.
The company first chose to remain silent and just stated in a Tweet that it was “aware of the media news about PointsBet brand ambassador Drew Brees. We are in touch with Brees’ team and will keep an eye on the situation in the ensuing hours.
To reassure supporters that he was doing “fine,” Drew himself made an appearance in a video message released on the business’s Twitter account a few hours later.
It’s time to share some fun we had with the @drewbreesguys. The Tweet reads, “He’s alive and well and “buzzing” for a weekend of free bets.
Fans react to viral lightning video
Interesting responses to the false film that purports to show lightning striking Drew are all over Twitter. While some people used the medium to inquire about his health and confirm that he was still alive, the majority turned to make fun of the situation with humorous memes.
I tweeted: “Is he living or dead? It’s not fair, this! I’m really confused, please help.
Another person added, “There was a video that went out early this morning that made everyone think Drew Brees was hit by lightning and perhaps dead.”
Additionally, these memes spread simultaneously.