Jrue Holiday is in his fourth season with the Philadelphia 76ers and has emerged as one of the team’s top players. He is leading Philly in points, assists, and minutes per game. Given that he’s the center of attention on the team, one would figure those running the website for the team shop would know how to spell his name. Apparently not.
As our friend Spike Eskin shared with us on Twitter, the Sixers’ website advertised his jerseys on Monday and misspelled his first name “Drew” instead of Jrue. The mistake may have appeared on a banner ad.
Jrue’s first name is pronounced “Drew,” so the error makes some sense. There is actually a good story behind the odd spelling for Holiday’s first name. He explained the reason during a live chat in 2009:
“My mom and my mom’s sister were on a kick with J names … my cousins names are Jessica, Jenna, Jade, Jaelyn and James. My oldest brother is Justin and my name is Jrue (my mom liked the name Dru, but wanted to figure out how to keep with the J theme). After me though, that kinda ended, because my sister is Lauren and brother is Aaron.”
There you have it. The Sixers shouldn’t feel too embarrassed — we’ve seen even worse name misspellings.