The student said he would stop tracking Elon Musk’s plane if this happened

The student said he would stop tracking Elon Musk’s plane if this happened

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Years after Elon Musk reportedly offered Jack Sweeney $5,000 to stop tracking his private jet on social media, the Florida college student now has a proposition of his own.

Could Sweeney, the University of Central Florida student who’s made numerous headlines in recent years for tracking Taylor Swift and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ private jets and posting their flight data on X, be looking to get out of Musk’s hair?

The offer launched when UCF head football coach Gus Malzahn went on a trip to Chicago last week and posted a photo on X with Sweeney.

“Hey @elonmusk. I found the guy who’s been tracking your plane,” Malzahn shared alongside a selfie of him and Sweeney. “Good to meet @Jxck_Sweeney up in Chicago!”

Sweeney then shared the post on his own account, adding: “Hey @elonmusk sponsor UCF’s stadium and consider @ElonJet gone.”

Folks in the replies were seemingly thrilled that the idea of “SpaceX Stadium” is sort of on the table. It’s something that UCF fans have been pushing for in recent years, ahead of – and even after – the university inked a 10-year deal with FBC Mortgage for the stadium naming rights for nearly $20 million in 2022. Before FBC Mortgage Stadium was a thing, UCF’s on-campus football stadium went by its nickname, the “Bounce House,” for about two seasons after the Spectrum Stadium naming rights deal ended in 2020.

While it remains unclear at this time how serious Sweeney’s offer is, fans are dedicated to the possibility.

“Do it @elon musk,” one user wrote.

“If you make this happen, you will be a king of Orlando!!” said another.

“Something tells me Elon doesn’t take bribes haha. But this would be a poetic match,” another user wrote.

FOX 35 has reached out to UCF Athletics for comment. No word back yet. Musk, who regularly replies to posts on X, has not yet publicly commented on Sweeney’s offer.

We spoke with Sweeney on Monday afternoon, who said he’ll follow through with his deal if Musk does, too.

“Obviously, if it happens, I’d have to do it,” Sweeney said, adding that he doesn’t think it’ll happen, but it would be pretty cool if it does.

As far as a potential name for UCF’s stadium goes, Sweeney favors “Starlink Stadium,” he said.

@ElonJet was suspended on Twitter back in 2022 because he was reportedly violating the social media platform’s rules. As a loophole, Sweeney created a second account that instead posts Musk’s jet’s pubically available flight data 24 hours after traveling. The account had over 500,000 followers at the time it was suspended.

“I’d put in so much work and time, and it’s something I enjoy doing and 5K doesn’t seem like a lot for how much I get out of it and I enjoy doing it,” Sweeney said.

This isn’t the only battle with a famous face that Sweeney’s been a part of.

Between December 2023 and February 2024, Sweeney and Taylor Swift got into it regarding an X account that tracks the “Cruel Summer” singer’s flight data. Swift’s legal team sent Sweeney a cease and desist letter.

In a statement at the time to FOX 35, Sweeney said Swift’s attorneys ordered him to stop his “stalking and harassing behavior.” In a clap back to the Grammy-winning artist, Sweeney said it’s public information that’s of the public interest.

“Her fans, who have grown the TaylorSwiftJets accounts and subreddit, are the ones truly interested. These tracking accounts consistently have more supporters and fans,” Sweeney said. “When the Embassy of Japan in the USA expresses confidence that Swift can make a flight from Tokyo to the Super Bowl, it indicates public interest.

“Therefore, one should reasonably expect that their jet will be tracked, whether or not I’m the one doing it, as it is public information after all.”

As the bad blood brewed between the two, Musk also weighed in on the exchange.

“Sweeney is an awful human being. Taylor Swift is right to be concerned,” Musk said on X in February.

“Let’s remember you offered me 5k to stop. Also threatened to sue me, and here we are a year later,” Sweeney replied.

At the end of the day, Sweeney said he’s not trying to cause harm, but he believes in the “importance of transparency and public information.”

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