The claim: A photo shows Draymond Green wearing a pro-vaccine shirt
Manipulated photos of celebrities and politicians wearing clothes bearing political messages have become a popular form of disinformation online.
Shortly after some NBA players announced they were opposed to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for themselves and criticized the league’s protocols, an image began circulating on social media that allegedly shows Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green wearing a T-shirt with a pro aggressively. vaccine message.
âDraymond Green with no chill on Media Day,â the Basketball Forever Facebook page captioned the photo on September 28. The post racked up over 4,000 shares in one day.
Similar versions of the claim were recently shared on Instagram and Twitter. Some merchandise websites even sell the shirt online with the name “Draymond Green T-Shirt”.
But the photo is changed. The original image is from 2017 and shows Green wearing a shirt with a cupcake image on it.
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Basketball Forever and social media users did not respond to requests for comment.
The photo is modified
The image shared on social media has been digitally manipulated from an authentic photo of Green wearing a shirt that shows an orange and blue cupcake.
ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols shared photo on Twitter on Feb 11, 2017 and wrote: “Draymond Green in his new t-shirt.”
At the time, Green and Stephen Curry wore the cupcake shirt during post-game interviews in response to Oklahoma City Thunder fans mocking Warriors player Kevin Durant.
The logo seen in the edited version of the photo, which features a cartoon-like syringe uttering vulgarity, was designed by Art Fuentes, who shared the design with Twitter and Instagram.
âIt all took me by surprise,â Fuentes told USA TODAY via an Instagram direct message. âI knew my little syringe guy was popular, I had seen the image posted (in) other places, but now the traction she gets is just crazy.â
In response to someone who shared the edited photo, Fuentes tweeted, “yo Dramond (sic), this shopping pic revolves around you wearing one of my models. This guy stole us both. Let me know if you want a real shirt and I’ll send it to you . “
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Our rating: Altered
An image purporting to show Green wearing a pro-vaccination shirt is MODIFIED, based on our research. The original photo shows Green wearing a t-shirt with a cupcake image and was shared on Twitter by an ESPN reporter in 2017. The vaccine logo was designed by an artist and shared in August.
Our sources of fact-checking:
Rachel Nichols, February 11, 2017, Tweeter
For the Win USA TODAY on February 12, 2017, Steph Curry and Draymond Green wore cupcake shirts that OKC fans used to taunt KD
ARFA! Stuff, accessed September 30, FIDT
Art Fuentes, August 28 Tweeter
Art Fuentes, August 11, Instagram post
Art Fuentes, September 28 Tweeter
Reuters, September 29, Fact Check-Image of NBA player Draymond Green with vaccine message is digitally altered
Art Fuentes, September 30, Instagram direct message to USA TODAY
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact Check: Image of Draymond Green wearing vaccine t-shirt altered