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The Athletic Mixed Up Christian Braun and Mitch Lightfoot

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Monday was a rough day for The Athletic. The media outlet announced several layoffs as the losses mount for the company, which is now owned by The New York Times. And then, to cap the night off, the outlet used a photo of Mitch Lightfoot when they thought they were using a photo of Christian Braun.


Here’s what the since-deleted post looked like.


As noted in the post, Christian Braun entered exclusive company on Monday night when the Nuggets beat the Heat to win the NBA Championship.

He became the fifth player in history to win an NCAA Tournament title and an NBA title in consecutive seasons. He joins Bill Russell (1956 San Francisco; 1957 Boston Celtics), Henry Bibby (1972 UCLA; 1973 New York Knicks), Magic Johnson (1979 Michigan State, 1980 L.A. Lakers) and Billy Thompson (1986 Louisville; 1987 L.A. Lakers).

That’s exclusive company for Braun, who made a splash in Game 3 of the NBA Finals when he scored 15 points in 19 minutes, including a coast-to-coast dunk off a steal.


As for Mitch Lightfoot, he was last heading to play in Germany after wrapping up his career following the 2022 KU National Title. While the two players crossed over during their playing days in Lawrence, mixing them up on a tweet graphic feels inexcusable. Maybe The Athletic messed up who really should have been fired on Monday.

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