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Bill Russell is an 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 identifying the former center as actor Morgan Freeman when spotted by television cameras. The anchor quickly corrected himself but the damage was done.

Photo via 30fps/Timothy Burke.

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  • wow.. I didn't even need the hat to recognize him.. smooth move George!!
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