Yes you’ve read that headline correctly. A photo has been circulating the interwebs with a man buck naked cuddling a shark in a boat. From a distance and somewhat even close up, the man looks striking similar to Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain. See for yourself:
— Anneka Svenska (@AnnekaSvenska) May 5, 2017
Okay obviously it’s not coach McElwain. That would have been a terrible look and certainly would take the cake for bonehead move of the century by a college coach if it were actually him. This became such a hot topic on social media this weekend, so much so that the school’s athletic department had to confirm that the photo was indeed not Jim McElwain. This is the world we live in.
It turns out that the man in the photo is identified as “Shawn” and he’s a former New York City police officer. In fact the photo is actually two years old. Somehow it resurfaced on the internet, because the man actually wanted to meet McElwain. Clearly he has been told he looks similar to the Gators coach, which certainly is the case.
What a world we live in where a two year old photo can resurface on social media and force the gigantic athletic department have to respond to confirm a photo is indeed not that of one of the highest paid state employees. The fact that the actual person is a former police officer may be the best kicker of it all.