Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees was NOT struck by lightning Thursday night, despite video surfacing showing an incident.
At 1 a.m. Friday morning, a video was posted to Twitter that allegedly showed Brees being struck by lightning, and as you can imagine, everyone immediately became concerned for his well-being.
Here is what the video showed:
Turns out the video was a marketing stunt for a gambling company. Brees texted ESPN’s Saints reporter, Kat Terrell, to let everyone know that “he’s good and he wasn’t struck by lightning.” The game company also later admitted the crush was a publicity stunt.
Brees had noted earlier this week that he was heading in a “top secret location” filming an advertisement for a bookmaker. According to the video posted above, that location turned out to be the Catatumbo River in Venezuela, which is famous for the amount of lightning it receives, and that’s one of the reasons the video went viral. much more believable.
In case you skipped this whole story and just watched the video, let’s wrap things up really quickly: Brees wasn’t struck by lightning. He’s doing great, and based on the negative reaction to this video, he’ll likely retire from the viral marketing game.