On the Yankees official news feed Thursday, there was a false item about Derek Jeter undergoing a sex change. Other teams had similar false items posted on their timelines as well.
The Facebook pages of the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and several other Major League Baseball clubs have been restored after briefly being hacked.
On the Yankees official news feed Thursday, there was a false item about Derek Jeter undergoing a sex change.
NBC New York reported the status on Thursday which was posted just before 4 p.m. on the Yankees Facebook page, which boasts nearly 6 million followers. It read: "We regret to inform our fans that Derek Jeter will miss the rest of the season with sexual reassignment surgery. He promises to come back stronger than ever in 2013 as Minnie Mantlez."
The Cubs' page contained an expletive directed at longtime Cubs fan and actor Bill Murray. The posts were removed shortly after appearing. Shortly thereafter, the Cubs issued an apology on their site. "Our Facebook account was hacked moments ago and an inappropriate message was posted on this page. We apologize if you viewed this message. The team and league are looking into this false post in cooperation with Facebook."
NBC Chicago reported that the hacker on the Chicago White Sox page endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
The hackers also infiltrated the pages of several other teams. The San Francisco Giants expressed a negative opinion of "the Chick-Fil-A guy," the Miami Marlins decided to give fans free pitbulls, the San Diego Padres posted about handicapped fans and the Washington Nationals announced their intention to go back to Montreal, according to a Deadspin report.
MLB released a statement on Thursday saying "for a brief moment today, a few MLB Club Facebook accounts were hacked and inappropriate material was briefly on display." The league also said it is working with Facebook and legal authorities to determine what happened.