“I’m also buying Manchester United You’re welcome,” Musk told his 103 million followers. Twitter
without giving any details.
Hours later—and after several news articles about his bold claim—musk made it clear that it was all a joke.
“No, this is a long standing joke on Twitter. I don’t buy any sports teams,” he said after a user asked him if he was serious about buying.
In response to a question about Musk’s tweet, A Manchester United (manu)
“We do not comment on rumors and speculation,” a spokesperson told CNN Business.
According to Forbes, Manchester United deserves $4.6 billion
. Under the control of the Glazer family, which also owns the NFL franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Manchester United are one of the biggest football clubs in the world but have not won the Premier League title since 2013.
In 13 years on Twitter, the platform has become important part
From the personal brand. It is a place where he communicates about his business ventures, criticizes people he considers detractors, provides market-moving commentary about cryptocurrencies and shares the occasional meme.
He even sarcastically said in his 2019 tweet: “Some people use their hair to express themselves, and I use Twitter.”
However, Musk’s tweets about Tesla have landed him in hot water, multiple times, with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. His feud with the Securities and Exchange Commission goes back to his infamous 2018 tweet in which he said, “I’m thinking about making Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.”
The nine-word tweet sent Tesla’s stock soar at the time, but the SEC then accused it of misleading investors. Musk and regulators eventually reached a deal that included, among other provisions, a requirement that Musk obtain prior approval from other Tesla executives before tweeting about the company.
The billionaire’s tweets regarding Manchester United come at a time when he is trying to ending
His acquisition of the social platform for $44 billion. Twitter took him to court for trying to get out of the deal.
-— Robert MacLean contributed to this story.
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