- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2015

A Steelers fan who gained overnight fame after claiming he was ejected from Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field for tweeting he was going to run onto the field has revealed that the whole thing was a publicity stunt for his website.

Jake Berlin, using the Twitter handle @RLBRLM, tweeted to his nearly 1,300 followers Saturday night that he would rush the field if he earned 400 retweets — it received more than 6,300.

“SOMEONE TAGGED THE STEELERS AND SECURITY CAME TO TAKE ME AWAY. OH MY GOD,” he later tweeted with a photo of himself appearing to be riding shotgun in a security golf cart.

The story caught the attention of several major media organizations, including The Los Angeles Times, The Blaze, SB Nation and USA Today.

But Mr. Berlintook to his Twitter account Monday to announce that the whole story was a “perfect prank” on the media to gain traffic for his website, and that he was never arrested or ejected from the stadium. He said was only posing next to the golf cart after he had gone to the first aid station and was able to return to his seat untouched, unharmed, and unbothered.

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