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Pittsburgh TV station apologizes for bogus “Ward to Ravens” report

Divisional Playoffs - Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15: Safety Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens and wide receiver Hines Ward #86 of the Pittsburgh Steelers are separated by a referee after a play during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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A Pittsburgh television station is apologizing today after falling for a phony story about the Steelers’ all-time leading receiver, Hines Ward, signing with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that on the 6 o’clock news Wednesday morning, WPXI-TV reported that Ward would be resuming his NFL career with the rival Ravens.

One problem: WPXI got that report from a site called, which isn’t known for breaking NFL news. The “report” was an obvious spoof that included clearly fake quotes.

On its Twitter page, WPXI has since apologized.

“We got spoofed! We mentioned on the air this morning a bogus report that Hines Ward wigned [sic] with the Ravens,” the station’s tweet said. “We apolgize [sic] for our mistake.”