Video of Drew Brees being struck by lightning is fake, turns out to be marketing stunt for sportsbook

Video of Drew Brees being struck by lightning is fake, turns out to be marketing stunt for sportsbook
Video of Drew Brees being struck by lightning is fake, turns out to be marketing stunt for sportsbook
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Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees did NOT get struck by lightning Thursday night, despite a video that surfaced showing an incident. 

At 1 a.m. Friday morning, a video was posted to Twitter that allegedly showed Brees getting struck by lightning, and as you can imagine, everyone was immediately concerned about his well-being. 

Here's what the video showed: 

As it turns out, the video was a marketing stunt for a gambling company. Brees texted ESPN's Saints reporter, Kat Terrell, to let everyone know that "he's good and that he did not get struck by lightning." The gambling company also later admitted that the lightning strike was a publicity stunt

Brees had noted earlier this week that he was headed to a "top-secret location" to film a commercial for a sportsbook. According to the video posted above, that location turned out to be the Catatumbo River in Venezuela, which is famous for the amount of lightning it receives, and that was one reason the viral video

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