Fact Check: Did Demar Hamlin’s Ambulance Exit the Field Under a Canopy Advertising for Pfizer?

An ambulance carries Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills after he collapsed after making a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images.)

A photo purporting to show the ambulance escorting Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin from the field of play driving beneath an advertisement for Pfizer has been digitally altered. 

The fake photo shows the ambulance exiting the field at Cincinnati’s Paycor Stadium under a canopy advertising Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company responsible for one of the most widely used vaccines against the COVID-19 virus. Underneath is the caption, “When a picture paints a thousand words.” 

An authentic photo of the scene can be viewed here (as well as above) and shows that the canopy above the exit tunnel in question is actually advertising the insurance company Geico.

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