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Nelson Mandela confused with Alex Rodriguez by Detroit TV station

WDIV 4 gets anti-apartheid leader mixed up with A-Rod.

By Evan Bleier
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Nelson Mandela confused with Alex Rodriguez by Detroit TV station
Nelson Mandela speaks during an unveiling ceremony of a statue depicting Mandela at Parliament Square in London on August 29, 2007. (File/UPI Photo/Daniel Berehulak/POOL) | License Photo

Dec. 6 (UPI) -- During its coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death on Thursday, Detroit station WDIV 4 ran a picture of New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez alongside a graphic at the bottom of the screen reading, “Remembering Nelson Mandela.”

One astute viewer noticed that there had been a slight mistake:

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And then word spread…

As if the association between Mandela and A-Rod wasn’t bizarre enough, there was also this nugget from late-night television on the Arsenio Hall show. Singer R. Kelly performed a tribute song he had apparently written for Mandela and performed for him previously during a visit to his home.

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