NBC News caught heat on Tuesday after mistakenly using a photo of Kevin Hart for a story about Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt. Hart, of course, had jokes.
“No comment … I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight,” the comedian said about the mix-up. “I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world. We can bet whatever … Shit just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule….IM BACK BITCHES … P.S this is Disrespectful on so many levels….All you can do is laugh. Maybe the Covid 19 shrunk his legs & torso.”
The mistake was spotted on NBC News Facebook page, where the network posted an article about Bolt’s recent COVID-19 diagnosis.
Many social media users blasted the network for the mistake, pointing out that Bolt is more than a foot taller that Hart and about seven years younger.
NBC News has since addressed the mixup in a correction note, claiming it was “due to a technical error.” The network’s PR department also apologized to Hart via Twitter.
“Correction: Due to a technical error, the social image on this post mistakenly featured a photo of comedian Kevin Hart,” the correction states. “In the content management system, a social image was not selected, and the system reverted to an image of Hart from an unrelated video. The display image has been corrected.”