BOSTON (CBS) – Jimmy Garoppolo has not been traded by the New England Patriots.
The Patriots backup QB took to Facebook on Friday morning to let the world know that his Instagram account was hacked overnight, and he’s still a member of the defending Super Bowl champs.
His agent, Don Yee, also confirmed that the post was a hack.
A cryptic message appeared on Garoppolo’s Instagram page around 4 a.m. Friday saying:
“So grateful for my time in New England. Peace out Boston.” There was also a photo of the backup quarterback holding the Lombardi Trophy.
The post remained up for several hours until it was removed sometime after 9 a.m., causing quite the commotion on social media.
Just before 5:30 a.m. NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter that it looked like Garoppolo’s account had been hacked:
Rapoport also said there have been no trade talks with the Cleveland Browns, the team reportedly leading the pursuit for Garoppolo.
ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss reported something similar about a possible hack/hoax moments later:
The Patriots did not have a comment on the original post.