In the wake of the tragic news of the helicopter crash that took the lives of 9 people, including former basketball star Kobe Bryant, a news reporter is in hot water for accidentally saying what appeared to be a racial slur in an MSNBC news segment about the accident.
On Sunday, while reporting on the death of Los Angeles Lakers alumni Kobe Bryant, MSNBC anchor Allison Morris seemed to stumble a bit before saying what many interpreted as “Los Angeles [N-word],” however, she claims that she really said “Los Angeles Nakers,” an accidental combination of Los Angeles Lakers, and New York Knicks, another team in the NBA.
In a Tweet apologizing for the mistake on Sunday evening, Morris explained what happened during the broadcast by saying that, “Earlier today, while reporting on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, I unfortunately stuttered on air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say “Nakers.” Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused.”
However, judging by the comments that she has received on Twitter since clips of her error went viral, not many people are actually buying her excuse.
Decide for yourself after checking out the recording below:
Reporter says N word while talking about Kobe Bryant….. somebody is about to lose their job
Posted by Billy Blalock on Sunday, January 26, 2020
A similar situation happened with a different news anchor last year, when New York television meteorologist Jeremy Kappell was fired after appearing to say a racial slur when referencing Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kobe Bryant was an 18–time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA first who led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships and scored 33,643 points in his 20-year NBA career. He retired from the Lakers after the 2015-16 season after spending his entire career with the franchise.
Last night, LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant for the third spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
A report from TMZ on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that Bryant lost his life in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Nine other people were said to have lost their lives in the crash, including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter. His daughter, 13-year-old Gianna Maria Onore was traveling with her father to Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks for basketball practice at the time of the crash, according to Bryant’s reps who spoke with TMZ Sports.
Aside from this detail, not much is known about the other passengers that were on the helicopter at the time of the crash and it remains unclear why it actually went down.
The aircraft went down in Calabasas, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Bryant was known to frequently use his helicopter to quickly travel around busy Los Angeles, as other wealthy residents of the area often do.
TMZ is reporting that Vanessa Bryant was not on board the helicopter. No reports on any of the Bryant's four daughters.
Multiple other outlets have now picked up the reporting as well.
Absolutely crushing for the Bryant family.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) January 26, 2020
National Transportation Safety Board member Jennifer Homendy confirmed at a press conference Sunday evening that a total of 9 people lost their lives in the crash. Authorities are currently looking to see if a black box can be recovered from the crash site to help investigators figure out what may have caused the incident.