There’s a good chance that you heard rumblings of Mark Cuban‘s gambling tweet during the Super Bowl. Given that the first play from scrimmage resulted in a safety, it’s safe to say that many gamblers across the country took notice. Anyone who’s familiar with sports gambling knows that a ‘safety’ first score usually pays off pretty well.
When Cuban tweeted out that he just won $20 million on the safety, thousands took notice. But why would he just make up a random bet? Because he wanted to be amused by how many people took the bait.
I HAD SAFETY ON THE FIRST PLAY IN VEGAS !!!!!!!!!! 1mm to 1.. $20mm BABY. #Unbelievable
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) February 2, 2014
“Just because I could. I said to my wife when that happened, ‘Watch this, I’m going to make Twitter go nuts.’ She was like, ‘Don’t do it!’ I said, ‘I’ve got to do it,’ so I did it,” said Cuban.
While I found this whole story to be hilarious, it’s also sad at the same time. Many people on Twitter just automatically accepted Cuban’s tweet as truth and the false word spread like wild fire.
If I was Mark Cuban, I’d be joking around too. But the overall message here is not good. People just blindly accept online ‘news’ for truth all too often these days. I don’t even want to know how many times it happens on a daily basis.
In my book, there’s nothing wrong with being a little skeptical. I’ll take being labeled as a skeptic over being someone who accepts hot air for truth, any day of the week.