LA Kings Prospect a Victim of Facebook Identity Theft

Brayden Schenn, a Canadian minor hockey league player who was the LA Kings fifth-overall draft choice in 2009, is the latest celeb to find out how easy it is to be impersonated on a social media platform.

Some goofball took to Facebook as Schenn and had people believing the Saskatoon Blades star was making racist comments about aboriginals. It got so bad that the club called a press conference Thursday to declare the innocence of their centre. Per a report in the Regina Leader-Post:

The Blades have requested a police investigation, and banned players from having Facebook accounts. The latter move, said team communications manager Chelsea Kerr-Lazeski, was designed to ward off confusion should a similar incident arise in the future. She says the team found nine fake Facebook accounts in Schenn’s name, including the one at the centre of the controversy.

Nine fake Facebook accounts for Schenn!? They sure do love their hockey stars in the Great White North. At press time, the real Schenn does in fact still have a Facebook profile, but it is set to private.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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