Brittany Spears selected in WNBA draft
Worried fans of Britney Spears can rest easy -- the pop princess hasn't traded in the microphone for a life of slam dunks and three-point bombs.
In a move likely to cause confusion and amusement for years to come, the Phoenix Mercury on Monday picked the lesser known Brittany Spears as their second round pick (19th overall) in the WNBA draft.
The University of Colorado guard's name is so similar to the more famous pop star's that it is already causing trouble in the fast-paced world of Twitter.
The topic #brittanyspears was already trending late Monday -- but it didn't seem to be basketball fans sending the twittersphere into a frenzy.
User briannarutledge said: "#itssadwhen a trending topic is #brittanyspears. and they dont even speell her damn name right."
While charl_collier said, "Why is #brittanyspears trending? I'm sure her name is #britneyspears."
ElizabethxxAnne also weighed in, "the fact that #brittanyspears is trending is sad...you all spelled Britney wrong..."
Most users of the social networking site appeared completely oblivious to the case of mistaken identity.
Seemingly referring to a new track released by the non-basketball playing Spears, brittt143 said: "Love @brittanyspears and @rihanna s&m remix."
While dneilmo @peoplemag wrote, "I think #brittanyspears should stay away from #rhiana to keep her image clean."
The situation may take a while to sort out, with a quick search on online resource Wikipedia providing little help by redirecting inquiries about "Brittany Spears" to "Britney Spears."