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Fact Check: Image Supposedly Shows Jaleel White, Will Smith and Mark Wahlberg Shooting Hoops

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Claim:

A black-and-white photo shared in March 2024 shows Jaleel White, Mark Wahlberg and Will Smith playing basketball in 1991.

Rating:

Rating: True
Rating: True

On March 10, 2024, a user on X (formerly Twitter) uploaded a black-and-white image of three people playing basketball and claimed it showed actors Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg and Jaleel White "shooting hoops" in 1991.

The image, which had amassed more than 450,000 views on X as of this writing, was real and was captured on Jan. 9, 1991, according to Getty Images.

It shows the three young actors playing basketball during the 1991 "MTV Rock N' Jock B-Ball Jam" in Los Angeles.

The trio can be seen in the same clothes in another photo from the event, while other images separately show Smith, Wahlberg and White.

The picture was also used in a November 2014 HuffPost news article.

Sources:

'Jaleel White and Will Smith during 1991 MTV Rock 'n Jock Basketball...' Getty Images, 30 Mar. 2011, https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/jaleel-white-and-will-smith-during-1991-mtv-rock-n-jock-news-photo/111163589.

'Jaleel White, Mark Wahlberg and Will Smith during 1991 MTV Rock 'n...' Getty Images, 30 Mar. 2011, https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/jaleel-white-mark-wahlberg-and-will-smith-during-1991-mtv-news-photo/111163607.

'Mark Wahlberg and Jaleel White during 1991 MTV Rock 'n Jock...' Getty Images, 30 Mar. 2011, https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/mark-wahlberg-and-jaleel-white-during-1991-mtv-rock-n-jock-news-photo/111163600.

'Mark Wahlberg during 1991 MTV Rock 'n Jock Basketball in Los Angeles,...' Getty Images, 30 Mar. 2011, https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/mark-wahlberg-during-1991-mtv-rock-n-jock-basketball-in-los-news-photo/111163596.

'These Vintage MTV "Rock N" Jock' Photos Are The Gift That Keeps On Giving'. HuffPost UK, 12 Nov. 2014, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/mtv-rock-n-jock-photos_n_6142080.

'Will Smith during 1991 MTV Rock 'n Jock Basketball in Los Angeles,...' Getty Images, 30 Mar. 2011, https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/will-smith-during-1991-mtv-rock-n-jock-basketball-in-los-news-photo/111164826.