Bill Russell Would Like to Thank the Academy?

George Stephanopoulos on Morgan Freeman

Two days ago, on the national holiday named for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, our nation’s first black president, was inaugurated into his second term in office, taking the presidential oath on King’s own bible, no less. But before you could say post-racial America, ABC newscaster and inauguration coverage co-host George Stephanopoulos confused Bill Russell for Morgan Freeman, despite the fact that Russell, the winningest athlete in American history, and the greatest player to ever suit up for the Boston Celtics, was wearing a Boston Celtics hat.


“That’s Morgan Freeman, I think, right there on the Capitol steps,” Stephanopoulos offerred, before quickly correcting himself (and subconsciously apologizing directly to Russell?). “No, Bill Russell, I’m sorry.”

Read on at Free Sport

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