Amidst the media discussions and online chatter in the wake of the tragic Kobe Bryant death that the whole world is still processing, a reporter for MSNBC made an exceptional goof on live TV. While a white reporter was covering the death of Bryant on a Sunday broadcast, it appears that she dropped an n-word bomb while on air.
Alison Morris was reporting on the Bryant tragedy on MSNBC during her usual time slot, reportedly admitting at a point during the broadcast that she does not follow professional basketball. During her reporting, Morris uttered a word that most certainly sounded like the n-word with the hard “er” at the end and the reaction online was immediate as expected.
Morris took to Twitter to explain that she happened to confuse the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks, resulting in her ill-timed slip.
“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,” Morris.
Listen to the slip in the video below courtesy as captured by a YouTube account.
We took a look at the clip and listened intently to how that “stutter” happened and there does appear to be a moment where she tried to stop herself from completing the word but it certainly sounds like it came out in all its ugly glory.
Several people also happened to catch the slip in real-time sharing astonishment via Twitter, and the reaction has been relentless for the past hour and more. We’ve also posted Twitter user @rumchampion’s post of the broadcast gaffe, which has since gone viral.
We’ve captured some reactions via Twitter to Alison Morris’ accidental racism below, so keep scrolling past the videos. Was it an honest gaffe that sounds worse than it really was? Let us know what you think the comments.
We’ve captured some of those reactions via Twitter below.
This is a hard "g" sound, not a "k" sound. I upped the volume significantly. Whatever you may have meant to say, "Nakers" is definitely not what you said. This deserves more than a quick twitter response and play down. pic.twitter.com/VUVWn1427b— Windthin ~ Rebel Scum & Snark Jedi🇵🇷🏳️🌈🌊❄️ (@windthin) January 26, 2020
Did Alison Morris just say the Los Angeles N*ggers then quickly tried to clean it up and say Los Angeles Lakers? I heard it. WTH #MSNBC?— Sonya Gregory-Hayes (@TalesOfAMusicMa) January 26, 2020
Me watching Alison Morris on the news pic.twitter.com/71GIvSezEQ— Indigo Mantra (@DriaScott_) January 26, 2020
Are you serious! We just lost a role model, a positive influence on everybody around the worlds life and you say Los Angeles Niggers she needs to be fired from that job Alison Morris has to go !!! pic.twitter.com/D0pW1QnwXp— Husky🐺 (@TheoneCuzzy) January 26, 2020
Alison Morris coming off saying "los angeles niggers" as soon as they go off the air pic.twitter.com/Ja004NSdw4— Jem (@JemTOW) January 26, 2020
.... @MSNBC Yall Need To Fire Ya Reporter Alison Morris ! To Refer To A COLLECTIVE TEAM As Niggers During Mourning Of A Teammate, Father, Friend.....Absolutely Wild & Unacceptable On ALL Parts— Marísol (@CallMeGina_) January 26, 2020