Athletic columnist Jeff Duncan (L) is not Georgia lieutenant governor Geoff Duncan (R).

There have been a lot of cases of mistaken identity in the sports world over the years, including identification errors on broadcasts, in print, online, on apps, and especially on Twitter. Twitter in particular has a long history of yelling at the wrong person who just happens to have a similar name. But that gets even more notable when it’s an authority figure or a media figure or outlet tagging the wrong person, and the latter was the case with what NBC Atlanta (WXIA, 11 Alive) anchor Cheryl Preheim tweeted Thursday. She mistakenly attributed comments from Georgia lieutenant governor Geoff Duncan (seen at right above) to Jeff Duncan (seen at left above), a columnist for The Athletic New Orleans:

Cheryl Preheim tagged Jeff Duncan instead of Geoff Duncan.

And Duncan responded as you might expect:

This wasn’t even the first mistag he received Thursday:

To her credit, Preheim later apologized, and tried again with the right tag:

Still, it’s notable to see an actual news anchor get this kind of Twitter identification wrong, and to see them get this wrong for people whose names are even spelled differently.

[Jeff Duncan on Twitter]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.