In one of the stranger sports stories you’re likely to come across all year, England and Wasps flanker James Haskell has had to assure fans that he is alive and well after rumours of a steroid overdose had begun to circulate online.
— Sky Sports Rugby ? (@SkySportsRugby) December 12, 2016
Haskell appears in very good spirits as he addresses the fake news story that had been doing the rounds, primarily on Facebook. He posted the response to YouTube, simply entitled “I Am Not Dead”, on Saturday.
Haskell described the use of his name as “click bait” that was being used by nefarious sources to try and sell “dodgy supplements”. He even joked that he was somewhat honoured that they would choose to use him as their eye-catching headliner as NFL stars Tom Brady and JJ Watt have also been used as the subject in similar stories.
At 31 years old and with 70 caps to his name, Haskell remains a key cog in Eddie Jones’ side and an experienced campaigner.
In this case it has served him well as he does not seem to be at all fazed by this odd turn of events, instead able to easily laugh it off.
Vincent Whelan, Pundit Arena
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