On Wednesday, soccer fans worldwide exploded when Elon Musk tweeted that he was buying the English soccer team Manchester United.
Several hours later, Musk said such a tweet was just a joke.
“No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams, “Musk tweeted.
According to reports, it wasn’t Musk’s first joke about buying a popular franchise.
In April, he tweeted, “Next, I’m buying Coca-Cola to put the cocaine back in.”
Standup is my side-hustle
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 17, 2022
Musk also caused a stir at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for tweets claiming that he had the funding to take Tesla private in 2018, leading the electric vehicle maker’s stock price to jump.
The tweet led to a securities fraud settlement requiring his tweets to be approved by a Tesla attorney before being published.
Moreover, Musk is now facing more legal woes over the deal to buy Twitter that he negotiated in April.
The deal fell apart last month after Musk said Twitter refused to provide him enough information about the number of fake accounts on the platform.
The civil case is set to go to trial in Delaware in October.