Sunday, April 1, 2007

MBP of the Week: Hartford Courant

This latest case of a Misidentified Black Person shows once again that America’s newspapers have a hard time telling basketball players apart. (And lucky for me. I couldn’t have kept this MBP gimmick going for two months otherwise!)

The Hartford Courant ran a real-estate item today about former NBA bad boy Latrell Sprewell (top photo). He’s “asking slightly less than $5 million for his house in Westchester County, N.Y. – even though his former girlfriend is still living there, according to her lawyer.”

Sprewell now lives in Wisconsin, but Candace Cabbil – the mother of four of his children – has remained in the New York house with the kids.

“Cabbil has sued Sprewell in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, alleging he violated a cohabitation agreement and assaulted her; she's asking for a half interest in much of his property,” according to the news report.

“Sprewell has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault and child-endangerment charges in Harrison, N.Y.’s town court stemming from an argument with Cabbil last December.”

Oh, that Latrell. Always getting into mischief. At least the Hartford Courant didn’t publish his photo.

They ran a picture of Rick Brunson instead.

Here is the correction posted on the Courant’s website:

“A photo on page J14 of today's Home and Real Estate section is of Rick Brunson of the Los Angeles Clippers, not Latrell Sprewell of the Minnesota Timberwolves.”

Don’t worry, photo editors. Only a few more months and basketball season’ll be over.


justjudith said...

how does this keep happening?? who doesn't know what latrell sprewell looks like?? and to confuse him with rick brunson of all people. it makes you wonder what else the get all wrong.

AlexG said...

Isn't the Courant owned by the Trib company?

Anonymous said...

On a smaller scale, University of Memphis fans enjoyed a AP photo which mis-identified Pierre Niles, our 6'11' 280 pound back-up power foward as Andre Allen, our 5'8" 180 lbs back-up point guard.

dez said...

What really boggles me is that these men don't look alike. How does this confusion happen?

OT, but I wasn't sure where to put this: It's a funny April Fool's story about why Baltimore is so depressing.

S.O.L. said...

There is yet more to this story, UBM. First, Latrell Sprewell is NO LONGER IN THE NBA. It's true that the Timberwolves was his last team but he hasn't played in the NBA in a season and a half.

Oh and Rick Brunson does NOT play for the L.A. Clippers. He is currently with the Houston Rockets.

Bad enough they don't check the photos but now it's the facts, too.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen this? An oldie but goodie.

ItAintEazy said...

Speaking as a Minnesotan, what's next, are they going to misidentify Randy Moss?