Alison Morris, MSNBC’s Sunday anchor, made such an awful mistake on the air while covering the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash tragedy that is now said to have resulted in the deaths of as many as nine people, including Kobe Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter.
Morris was interviewing sports journalists about the tragedy, and instead of saying “Los Angeles Lakers” it sounds as though Morris said “Los Angeles N—-rs.”
Some speculated Morris had started to say “Knicks” but in the course of correcting herself, said “Nakers,” before immediately correcting herself and saying “Lakers.”
This is the explanation Morris gave on Twitter after the broadcast:
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 (@AlisonMorrisNOW) January 26, 2020
While that’s certainly possible what happened, if you listen to the uncensored broadcast, it certainly sounds more like a hard “g” as opposed to a “k.”
Take a listen below and judge for yourself.
The slip-up was met with strong opinions as to whether it was an accidental slip or deliberate worthy of Morris being fired.
YouTube celebrity Tarl Warwick was not convinced by Morris’s explanation, however, and has called for her to be fired. “MSNBC would go ballistic and demand deplatforming if someone not part of the corporate legacy media had made that ‘mistake,'” he tweeted in reply to her explanation. “Your company has attempted to get people doxed, harassed, or fired for making the “OK” sign before.”
MSNBC would go ballistic and demand deplatforming if someone not part of the corporate legacy media had made that "mistake." Your company has attempted to get people doxed, harassed, or fired for making the "OK" sign before.
— Styxhexenhammer666 (@Styx666Official) January 26, 2020
You gotta admit, he has a point. If a Fox News anchor had made the same mistake you can imagine the pile-on that would occur.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis