While the Manti Te'o hoax was coming to light last week, the Washington Redskins were dealing with a similar situation involving some of their players.
At least four Washington players were part of an Internet hoax that involved a person with false online identity, NFL.com reported.
NFL security investigated a woman known as Sidney Ackerman who used pictures of an adult entertainer and the social-media handle @RedRidinH00d to attract the players' attention.
"Once we found out the person wasn't real, we went from there," Redskins director of player development Phillip Daniels told NFL.com
The contact came through Twitter's direct messaging function and in photos to players' cell phones, according to reports.
"If you think about it, a lot of them are single guys, and they see somebody who looks good in a picture or something," Daniels said. "In many cases, it involves someone who is a fan of the team, so they'll start talking about the team. You have to recognize that something just isn't right."
The players tried to set up meetings with Ackerman, but when they were unsuccessful, it raised suspicions.
Daniels emphasized that the players never had the same emotional involvement as Te'o had with his fake girlfriend.
"I think it was all about attention," Daniels said. "It was never a situation where guys were giving money or anything like that."
In its research, NFL.com also discovered another Twitter account that used a photo of the same adult entertainer but was controlled by a different person. As of Saturday afternoon, that Twitter handle had 22 verified NFL players and six verified NBA players as followers. That account is now deactivated.