01/21/2013 01:38 pm ET

Bill Russell Mistaken For Morgan Freeman By George Stephanopoulos At Inauguration (VIDEO)

NBA legend Bill Russell was in the nation's capital for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration on Monday.

But for a brief moment, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News thought Russell, who President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom back in 2011, was somebody else.

"That's Morgan Freeman, I think," Stephanopoulos said as ABC's cameras spotted the Hall of Famer. "Right there on the capital steps... Bill Russell, I'm sorry."

Was it the Celtics cap that led Stephanopoulos to correct himself?