Public service announcement: Denzel Valentine is not Denzel Washington

Maybe some day Denzel Valentine will be famous enough that people won’t call him Denzel Washington.
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Maybe some day Denzel Valentine will be famous enough that people won’t call him Denzel Washington, but today is not that day. 

The Associated Press named Valentine its College Player of the Year on Thursday. Or was it Denzel Washington?

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The AP apologized for the flub, while poking a little fun at itself. 

And the AP isn’t alone in this regard. Bleacher Report made the same mistake at least twice this month and people on Twitter do it all the time. 

Alright, let’s just settle this once and for all. 

This is 22-year-old Denzel Valentine.

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This is Denzel Washington on the set of the 1998 movie He Got Game, when Valentine was five years old.

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