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Boston Celtics legend and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell attended President Barack Obama's inauguration Monday, and Russell was captured in the crowd by ABC during live coverage of the ceremonies. Unfortunately, Russell was misidentified by ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulus, who thought he was actor Morgan Freeman.
Stephanopoulus did quickly correct himself, but not before his goof was witnessed by live television viewers. To his defense, Stephanopoulus does not pretend to be a sports expert, unlike Boston mayor Tom Menino.
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Bill Russell is a NBA legend, and as such, gets invited to many important events. On Monday, Russell was attending President Barack Obama‘s second inauguration, and did so in style. The 11-time NBA champion wore a Celtics hat to the ceremony, as if that would be enough to identify him. Still, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos mixed up Russell with another celebrity, mistakenly...
Not going to lie - I can see it
It's been a dark 24 hours for Boston. Last night the Pats got steamrolled at Gillette with a Super Bowl trip on the line, while the Celtics simultaneously were getting beat down at the Palace against a lowly Pistons team.
So we all needed a little pick me up on the MLK Day, and we got one courtesy of ABC's George Stephanopoulos at Obama'...
Meh, close enough.
Media outlets everywhere are covering President Obama’s inauguration, and ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos had the gaffe of the day when he incorrectly identified NBA legend Bill Russell as actor Morgan Freeman as the camera panned the crowd. To be fair to Stephanopoulos, Freeman and Russell are both African-American men in their 70s with dazzling white beards...
There has always been a saying that in circles, some people think that all black people look-alike. Some may dismiss that theory, but today during President Obama’s Inaugural Address, that theory was put to the test.
During ABC”s telecast of the historic event, anchor George Stephanopoulos was skimming through the list of celebrity guest in the crowd according to USA Today...
I’m shocked that a political nerd like George Stephanopoulos couldn’t recognize the greatest winner in the history of sports.
Bill Russell: 11 championships
Morgan Freeman: 1 Academy Award
I can’t believe Freeman didn’t win an Oscar for playing Red in Shawshank Redemption. Now that’s criminal.
This is what happens when you let George Stephanopoulos call an inauguration ceremony attended by the greatest member of the Boston Celtics.
This wouldn’t be so bad if Bill wasn’t wearing a Celtics hat. Where are the spotters from ABC?
Maybe a simple, “George, coming up is a shot of Celtics legend Bill Russell,” in his ear before giving him the Bill Russell shot.
Yesterday not only marked MLK Day but also inauguration day for Mr. Barak Hussein Obama which meant everyone was tuning in or present to witness history unfold.
One of those was Celtics legend Bill Russell who was spotted in the crowd but in a brief moment by ABC's George Stephanopoulus, Russell was actor Morgan Freeman, but the news man corrected himself shortly thereafter...
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Apparently, ABC News George Stephanopoulos needed to have his eyes checked during President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday.The ABC cameras panned over to a shot of Celtics great Bill Russell but George accidentally misidentified him as legendary actor Morgan Freeman: Thankfully, George corrected himself but he probably should have noticed the Celtics hat on top of Bill...
During President Barack Obama’s televised inauguration ceremony today, ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos accidentally mistook NBA great Bill Russell for actor Morgan Freeman.
You think he just missed the Celtics hat, or just thought Morgan Freeman was celebrating his Irish heritage on this historic day?
He was quickly corrected by what I can only assume was a giggling...
Apparently Morgan Freeman is a big Boston Celtics fan. Who knew? Wait, that’s not Morgan Freeman. The legendary actor may be a green teamer for all we know, but that would be Celtics legend Bill Russell.
Russell attended Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration on Monday morning, and George Stephanopoulos accidentally identified him as Freeman during ABC’s telecast of the event...
Hey look Morgan Freeman! If it weren’t for the Boston Celtics hat with the No.6 people may have mistaken him for the NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell. During today’s live coverage of President Barack Obama’s Inauguration, ABC host George Stephanopoulos mistakenly identified the 11-time NBA champion, Bill Russell, as actor Morgan Freeman. “There’s Morgan Freeman, I … Continue reading »
Bill Russell attended President Barack Obama's inauguration today. George Stephanopoulos is not a big fan.
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I LOVED Bill Russell in Shawshank.
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