Wednesday, February 14, 2007
MBP of the Week: Chicago Tribune
Now you guys are getting into the spirit of this thing! Alex Gordon of the group blog A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago brought the following Misidentified Black Person to my attention. (Big thanks, Alex.)
The Chicago Tribune last Saturday ran a long feature – 50 paragraphs long – on former NBA player Kevin Gamble (above bottom), who returned to his hometown of Springfield, Ill., and built a basketball program from scratch at the University of Illinois-Springfield.
Only one problem. A photograph supposedly showing Kevin Gamble in his playing days wasn't Kevin Gamble at all.
This morning, the Tribune posted this correction on the Web:
"CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS: A 1990 file photograph that accompanied the story incorrectly identified a player as Kevin Gamble. It was not; the archival information was incorrect."
Alex Gordon tells me the photo was actually of another Boston Celtic, Dee Brown (above top).
Easy mistake to make. Those Irish... they all look alike.
UPDATE (02/15/07): When it comes to being misidentified in the media, female basketball players are as vulnerable as the men. And college newspapers are as prone to screwing up as the pros.
This correction was posted yesterday on the website of Kansas University's student paper:
“Tuesday’s The University Daily Kansan contained an error. The player in the photo, with the article ‘Shaq makes big plays at the buzzer,’ was misidentified. No. 20 Sade Morris was incorrectly identified as Shaq Mosley.”