There have been a whole lot of cases of mistaken identity in sports over the years, from “same name, different person” to Twitter users mixing up accounts to newspaper typos and poor identification of who’s on screen on a broadcast. The latest one falls into that last category, and it comes from the third quarter of a NBC Sports Washington broadcast of the Indiana Fever-Washington Mystics game Sunday (which was also aired on NBC Sports Washington, NBA TV, and one of TSN’s channels). As Michael Williams pointed out in a Twitter video, the broadcast (called by Meghan McPeak and Christy Winters Scott; it’s not clear which one of them is talking here) identified courtside spectators as “Orlando Magic [player] and DMZ native Markelle Fultz and his mom,” also putting up a graphic with that.
But the spectators in question weren’t Fultz and his mom:
Aye @WashMystics that’s not @MarkelleF ????? pic.twitter.com/RKsd4M0Yor
— Michael Williams (@BMWill03) August 18, 2019
And Fultz later had some fun with this on Twitter:
— Markelle Fultz (@MarkelleF) August 18, 2019
Kevin Kinkead of Crossing Broad found a photo of Fultz with his mother from Fultz’s time at the University of Washington, and yeah, there are some differences:
It’s unclear how this mistake happened, but it’s certainly funny. And it’s a good reminder to be sure of the identity of any celebrities you want to mention as being in attendance.