Coverage of Kobe Bryant: MSNBC presenter denies using a racist slur and apologises for causing “confusion
Msnbc Kobe : After claims from viewers, MSNBC anchor Alison Morris maintained she didn’t use a racial slur when delivering the news of Kobe Bryant’s untimely death on Sunday.
Morris hosted MSNBC’s coverage of Bryant’s terrible death, and some mistook her for saying the N-word in a video that rapidly went viral.
“Earlier today, while reporting on Kobe Bryant’s heartbreaking death, I unfortunately fumbled on television, merging the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say ‘Nakers.
Please understand that I did not and would never use a racist term,” Morris wrote on Twitter. “Please accept my apologies for whatever inconvenience this has caused.”
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A request for comment from MSNBC was not immediately returned.
The apparent blunder sparked fury, prompting a Change.org petition to fire MSNBC.
Morris gathered more than 16,000 signatures. While many people attacked Morris, others rushed to her support, pointing out that she had made a clear error.
One person remarked, “I’m pretty sure she mixed up Knicks and Lakers and said a version of both and wasn’t shouting the N word,” while another wrote, “I don’t like MSNBC, but this isn’t a storey.”
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, along with nine other people.
Morris wasn’t the only member of the media to create headlines as the news of Bryant’s death became public, as a Washington Post writer was suspended for tweets about the NBA great, and the BBC accidentally broadcast footage of LeBron James while reporting the incident.