International news agency BBC stated the wrong George Floyd shown during its live broadcast of the namesake’s funeral service.
The BBC said: “During our report on George Floyd’s funeral last night, we showed images from a montage of still photographs which had been played as part of his funeral service.”
The image of George Floyd, 59, an American Football player, who spent two seasons with the New York Jets in the US National Football League was shown as part of the montage during the funeral.
“One of the photos we used, which we had taken directly from this montage, depicted the New York Jets player George Floyd,” BBC explained.
“We don’t know why that particular image was used in the service, but we subsequently used it as part of our own coverage of the service. We’re still looking into exactly what happened. The BBC would never seek to cause any offense,” BBC added.
The funeral for Floyd took place in Houston, Texas on Tuesday.
Floyd died in Minneapolis last month after a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
His final moments were filmed on mobile phones had galvanized concerned citizens to call for social justice for Floyd.