ESPN Analyst Apologizes to Najee Harris For False Claim on Live Television

Published 11/11/2021, 5:12 PM EST


Spreading misinformation is something that no influential human being should undertake. If you are doubtful about it, rather get your facts right than making a mockery of yourself in public. Unfortunately, ESPN pundit Steve Levy underwent a similar experience recently. The “Monday Night Football” broadcast host got his facts wrong and unknowingly spoke ill about Najee Harris.

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Steve Levy during the game between the Bears and the Steelers stated that the Steelers Running Back used to sleep on the floor during his college days.

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TV Presenter Steve Levy spreads misinformation about Najee Harris

On Monday night during the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ 29-27 win over the Chicago Bears, ESPN’s Steve Levy stated that Najee Harris slept on the floor in his dorm room at Alabama.

“Even when he got to Alabama on the full-ride [scholarship], got the fancy dorm room, he spent the first few months in Alabama sleeping on the floor,” Levy said during the game. “Said he was just more comfortable, he was more used to that.”

Oct 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) stiff arms Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) as he runs the ball during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Harris hits back on Levy prompting the latter to publically apologize

Thanks to Levy’s misinformation, Najee Harris took to Twitter to set the record straight. He tweeted that he never slept on the floor in his college. “Bra I ain’t sleep on no dam floor in college. I slept on my bed,” he tweeted.

Levy likely mixed up Harris with former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs — who did sleep on the floor of his dorm room. On Tuesday, Levy took to Twitter and apologized to Harris, and announced a donation to Harris’ nonprofit.

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“I got this part wrong Najee, my mistake. Your story is inspirational & mission to positively impact is admirable. I’ll be donating to the Da’ Bigger Picture Foundation and encourage others to help Najee’s greater purpose where they can.”

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At least Levy apologized for the mistake. 🙂

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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