EDGE Rewind: Minnesota Vikings Get Trolled with Adult Star in Military Tribute on Jumbotron

Friday February 24, 2023
Originally published on November 22, 2022

Johnny Sins (foreground); pic of Sins shown at Minnesota Viking game in background
Johnny Sins (foreground); pic of Sins shown at Minnesota Viking game in background  (Source:EDGE composite image)

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The Minnesota Vikings pay tribute to veterans during their games, such as this past game on Sunday with the Dallas Cowboys. To locate the vets, they tweeted an offer for the chance to win free tickets for sharing a veteran's information, including pic, that would be shown on the stadium's Jumbotron.

"We're honoring our nation's service members, veterans, and their families during Sunday's game against Dallas," the official Vikings account wrote in the days leading up to Sunday's game. "Share photos and stories of your loved ones who have served or are currently serving using #SkolSalute for a chance to have them featured on the video board Sunday."

But this past weekend, the Vikings were trolled with a pic of an adult male star who had donned military fatigues for a role. Military Times reports: "As if getting bludgeoned 40-3 at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys wasn't embarrassing enough, one unfortunate stadium jumbotron operator took the Minnesota Vikings' humiliation a step further by falling for a faux 'Salute to Service' photo featuring a porn star."

The pic was sent by Twitter user @kylerulz4h, who wrote: "This is my cousin Joel who served in the Army. He has always been an inspiration and someone I look up to for his heroism. He is also a HUGE Vikes fan #skolsalute."

This wasn't the first time Sims pic was used in this manner. In 2021, journalist Ken Klippenstein punk'd Naomi Wolf, a feminist author and former adviser to President Bill Clinton, into tweeting a fake anti-vaccine quote attached to a photograph of Sims, reported RT.com.

"Klippenstein messaged Wolf with the fake quote image, which featured famous porn star Johnny Sins dressed up as a doctor in an adult movie and read, "If a vaccine is effective, then why do we need to pressure people to take it?" The quote was attributed to 'Dr. John Sims, MD.' It wasn't long before Wolf published the quote on her own Twitter account, at which point Klippenstein took credit for the prank. Wolf then deleted her post."

Sins has made more than 2,700 adult films over his career. In 2017 he won the AVN Male Performer of the Year.