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NBC News SLAMMED For Mistaking Kevin Hart For Usain Bolt In Photo For COVID-19 Story!

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By Mike Walters

NBC News is in a bit of hot water after it mistakingly tweeted a story about sprinter Usain Bolt testing positive for COVID-19, but using a picture of comedian Kevin Hart instead of the Olympian.

According to multiple reports, several readers noticed the mistaken photo which was sent out in a tweet along with a link to the breaking news story.

"Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive, tests positive for coronavirus" the headline read. But, turns out the picture used was actually of Kevin Hart on the red carpet of the 'Jumanji' premiere.

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Immediately, several people slammed the news agency for the mistake, including Marlon Walker a journalist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who wrote, "Is there nobody Black on the @NBC News social staff?” adding, “That is not @usainbolt. It’s @KevinHart4real. As journalists, our credibility is everything.”

“Don’t understand how y’all could have screwed this up so damn bad…oh wait, I might have the white, I mean right, answer," another journalist tweeted.

The mistake even garnered the attention of several celebrities including Kenny Hamilton, who wrote, "It’s crazy this s--t keeps happening to US. All we can do is laugh 😂😂."

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Kevin Hart posted a picture of the mistaken identity photo, calling it 'disrespectful on so many levels' but joked about the size difference of the two stars.

"No comment.....I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight....I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world. We can bet whatever....S--t just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule....IM BACK B---HES!!!!!! " he captioned the post.

He continued, "P.S this is Disrespectful on so many levels....All you can do is laugh. Maybe the COVID 19 shrunk his legs & torso 😂😂😂."

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Kevin Hart's wife commented on the post, saying, "IKYFL" and Gabrielle Union chimed in with "Well damn."

In a correction to the story, NBC News blamed the mistake on a "technical error" in its social media content management system.

“In the content management system, a social image was not selected, and the system reverted to an image of Hart from an unrelated video,” a statement read.

As for the story, Usain Bolt has tested positive for COVID-19.

"It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has been tested positive," the Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness, said in a press conference Monday.

Adding, "He has been formally notified -- I'm told -- by the authorities and in keeping with standard protocols once there is a positive case, irrespective of the individual, it triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which would then follow through with contact tracing."

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