Does Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone have cancer? That’s what many are left wondering after the Bills’ website posted a story making the announcement before deleting it.
The Bills’ website posted the headline and what appeared to be the shell for an upcoming story announcing that Marrone has cancer.
“Head Coach Doug Marrone announced today that he was diagnosed with BLANK TYPE OF CANCER and that it is highly treatable,” said the first line of the story.
“Head Coach Doug Marrone shared the news today that he’s been diagnosed with BLANK cancer. He says it’s ‘not aggrive’ and highly treatable,” the story also read.
You could tell the story wasn’t ready to be published yet because they also included this line:
“QUOTE FROM MARRONE.”
The story appeared on the stream on the Bills’ website:
— Stephanie Stradley (@StephStradley) April 23, 2014
It also made the app:
— Jay Skurski (@JaySkurski) April 23, 2014
The Buffalo News says the story was on the site for 9 hours before being pulled by the Bills with no explanation.
So there’s no mistake about it, this is how it looked on the site:
— TWC News Buffalo (@TWCNewsBuffalo) April 23, 2014
Unless this is some sort of hoax, it looks like a story was mistakenly published by the site. We hope Marrone is fine and will hope for the best for him.
UPDATE – WKBW sports director Jeff Russo reports that Marrone had a cancerous mole found on his skin that was removed.