Boston Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz is denying that the selfie he scored with President Obama was sponsored by Samsung, according to USA Today.
After the 2013 World Series MVP presented the president with a No. 44 Red Sox jersey at a White House ceremony in honor of the Sox’s victory, Obama began posing for a photo op when Ortiz took out his phone to capture a picture of the two together.
“He wants to do a selfie,” Obama said, drawing laughs from the team. “It’s the Big Papi selfie.”
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Turns out Ortiz has a contract with Samsung, the manufacturer of his Galaxy Note 3 phone, and the company began posting the selfie on Twitter immediately. But Ortiz maintains the picture was in no way a sponsored selfie.
"It wasn't anything promotional or anything like that," he said. "I mean, who knows that you're going to get a picture with the president, a selfie? You can't guarantee that."
But Samsung, according to The New York Daily News
, played a role in the shot.
“Samsung said it was ‘thrilled’ at Ortiz’s initiative, admitting the company had ‘worked with David and the team on how to share images with fans,’ the paper reported. “We didn’t know if or what he would be able to capture using his Note 3 device,” the company said.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney assured the press corps that President Obama had no idea about the Ortiz-Samsung connection, USA Today reports.
Ortiz tweeted the picture to his 680,000 followers, and it has already been retweeted 40,808 times.
Samsung retweeted the message to its 5.3 million Twitter followers.
It’s the second time in a month that Samsung has netted worldwide publicity for its Galaxy Note 3 phone. In March, a selfie taken at the Oscars by host Ellen DeGeneres went viral, with 2.8 million retweets. Samsung was so pleased that as a thank you, the company donated $3 million to two charities of DeGeneres’ choice.
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