April Fools Pranks 2017: Sports Edition

ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 04, 2017 09:36 AM
April Fools Pranks 2017: Sports Edition
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain smiles at a press conference after taking pole position for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (Andy Brownbill AP Photo)

April Fools Day 2017 has come and gone, and some of you may have fallen victim to some odd hoaxes and pranks from your favorite sports personalities throughout the day.

If you've missed out though, don't worry, we've got a list of some of the best April Fools pranks perpetuated by, or written about your favorite athletes right here.

From international Formula One stars announcing shocking retirements, to the England rugby team's weird practice tools, there was no shortage of wacky yet somehow believable news that got everyone shocked, then relieved (or disappointed) last April 1.

Here's British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton trying to give every gullible fan a mini heart attack, announcing that he's joining former Mercedez teammate Nico Rosberg in a sudden retirement declaration.


Psych😂😂 Happy April fools Day😜

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And here's Olympic swimmer and multi-medalist Michael Phelps, perhaps going a bit overboard on announcing his unexpected comeback to the Tokyo 2020 games.

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller's announcement was equally shocking, posting a photo in instagram saying that he's been traded, complete with an ESPN icon for extra believability.


Bundesliga took things up a notch, reporting that all of its teams pitches will now be in the home team's colors, citing the example of Bayern Munich coloring their field in a glaring red shade.


And perhaps the most creative among the bunch, the England Rugby team posted a short clip on their Twitter account, showing how they've "hatched a bit of a plan" by letting players train with ostrich eggs. You gotta hand it to their players, they were able to deliver their lines with straight faces to make the clip even more hilarious.


Meanwhile, Toronto Raptors big man Patrick Patterson trumps them all, taking things out of the internet and into real life, covering some of his teammates' cars in Post-It notes. He even fashions the word "LOSER" on some of the windshields. A+ for effort.


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