ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – An online story about Buffalo Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone’s health stirred the pot Tuesday night, before it was deleted. Since then, Marrone issued a statement and we know he is okay.
There are still questions about why Marrone didn’t say something at the press conference Tuesday, before the social media frenzy, and why was the premature story posted in the first place..
A post on the Buffalo Bills’ website said Marrone has cancer. The incomplete story had a subtitle that read, “Head Coach Doug Marrone announced that he was diagnosed with BLANK TYPE OF CANCER, and that it is highly treatable.” The online post was also riddled with typos.
It was quickly taken down, but it had already generated a lot of attention. Late Tuesday night, with Twitter abuzz with concern for the head coach, Marrone responded via Twitter.
He says, “During a recent doctor’s visit, it was discovered that I had a cancerous mole on my skin, which has since been removed. The only follow up required is to have my moles checked every three months and that basically is the end of the story.”
Marrone says the extraction procedure will not interfere with his ability to coach the team going forward. In fact at Tuesday’s press conference, Marrone didn’t open up about about the cancerous mole, instead he focused on his game plan for the team.
He said, “You know a lot of times we think of our roles as my role is to coach the team, or my role is to play offensive guard, or to play corner, or selling tickets, but I told everyone that what we need to put on top of that job description is win.”