BIG FEUD: Broncos Coach Sean Payton fired two players for refusing to stand for U.S. National anthem

On October 19, 2023, SpaceXMania published a report alleging that Denver Broncos head coach Sean Payton sacked two players for refusing to stand for the United States national anthem. The piece was published by SpaceXMania during the sixth week of the NFL season, when the Broncos were 1-5.
The report first appeared on a Facebook page affiliated with called SpaceX Lovers in October 2023. We discovered comments under the post indicating that individuals believed the tale was true and congratulated Payton for firing the players. “Great job, coach,” numerous people said.

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This item was not a true account of actual occurrences. The SpaceXMania article was initially published with a “Satire” label above the headline. SpaceXMania’s output is described as hilarious or sarcastic in nature.

We’ve previously fact-checked several satirical posts SpaceXMania has written about the NFL during the 2023 season, including one that claimed four NFL players were expelled from a game for kneeling during the national anthem.

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For context, here’s why we occasionally write about satire/humor.


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