Kobe Bryant: Did MSNBC’s Alison Morris Call His Team the N-Word?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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When Kobe Bryant tragically handed away, few anticipated his demise would result in controversy round MSNBC host Alison Morris. While reporting on Bryant’s passing, Morris allegedly used a racist slur. Here’s what Morris and her critics must say.

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What Alison Morris allegedly stated about Kobe Bryant’s crew

When Morris reported on Bryant’s demise, many viewers thought she stated the n-word rather than “Lakers” when discussing Bryant’s crew, the Los Angeles Lakers. To others, it seemed like she stated the nonsense phrase “Nakers.” Regardless, Morris rapidly self-corrected, utilizing the phrase “Lakers” as a substitute.

The clip blew up on-line, and folks had wildly totally different reactions about what they thought they heard. The controversy led to requires Morris to be fired instantly.

People attempt to get Alison Morris fired

There’s now a petition on Change.org asking for Morris’ firing. “On January 26, 2020 the world lost basketball legend & icon, Kobe Bryant. Alison Morris of MSNBC News think its ok to use a racial slur at this period of time!” the petition says.

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A black-and-white {photograph} of Kobe Bryant taking part in basketball in Washington, D.C. | Rob Carr/Getty Images

The petition continued: “What she said was not Accident but on PURPOSE because she paused before she said ‘Los Angeles Ni*****’ We need to join together to get her fired because Enough is Enough & we will not tolerate this Racist BS anymore !” So far, over 20,000 folks have signed the petition.

Morris denied saying something bigoted. She tweeted, “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.”

Alison Morris’ colleagues defend her

MSNBC has not launched a press release concerning the incident. However, a few of Morris’ colleagues have supported her account of the incident by way of Twitter.

MSNBC host Ali Velshi attends The Hollywood Reporter’s 35 Most Powerful People. Velshi was one of many celebrities to defend Morris from accusations she used a racist slur. | Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan by way of Getty Images

Ali Velshi, the co-host of MSNBC’s Velshi & Ruhle, defended Morris. “I know & work daily with @AlisonMorrisNOW. Like all my friends & colleagues, she doesn’t have racial epithets in her vocabulary. In the heat of breaking, emotional news, we fast talkers stumble & combine words, or reach for the wrong word & correct mid-stream. @NBCNewsNow@MSNBC.”

In response to Morris’ tweet, fellow MSNBC anchor Yasmin Vossoughian tweeted “Completely agree. You don’t know till you are in the heat of breaking news. Mistakes happen, we are human. I too know and work with @AlisonMorrisNOW and she is a kind, hard working professional.”

Even comic Wanda Sykes lent Morris her help. Sykes tweeted “When I first heard it, I told my friend, ‘I bet she was about to say Knicks, then tried to cover and said Nakers, but failed miserably. That ‘Knic-‘ was out there. I believe her. #Nakers.” Audiences have totally different interpretations of what Morris stated. Hopefully, she didn’t use degrading language to explain a legendary basketball crew.

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