[WWE News] Company Sort-of Apologizes for A.W.’s Kobe Bryant Joke
During a match between Titus O’Neil and Kofi Kingston on last night’s edition of Raw manager A.W. (who was there to back up O’Neil alongside his tag team partner Darren Young) let loose with the most awkward of compliments, stating that O’Neil’s ferocity in the ring was “like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado…unstoppable!” For those of you with short-term memories, this was a reference to allegations made against the basketball star back in 2003 where he was accused of sexually assaulting a 19 year old at a hotel in, well, Colorado. It was a throwaway comment, but one that the WWE immediately responded to, having Michael Cole apologize for the comment following a commercial break.
That wasn’t the end of the story though, as wrestling sites everywhere have been lambasting A.W. and the WWE for letting the rape joke get uttered in the first place. WWE has responded by giving a statement to the parasitic TMZ (a site I’m done linking to, proper sourcing be damned) about the incident, supposedly apologizing again (their apology consisted of saying they already apologized on TV for it) while also adding that they have taken “appropriate action in the matter”. Whether A.W. is suspended, fined, or possibly even fired is still unknown. All we do know is he fails horrible about it, which I’m sure is more of the “sh*t my boss is mad, I don’t want to lose my job” variety rather than actual remorse. And that’s the way it should be; yes it was an off-color remark made on a show largely aimed at children, but I personally didn’t find it all offensive. In fact it was more dated than anything, so it was a pointless joke because of that. Either way I hope A.W. doesn’t lose his job over this; he doesn’t deserve that harsh of a punishment over something that is seriously not as big of a deal as the WWE has made it by overreacting to the situation.
What do you think of this whole situation? Is it being blown out of proportion, or should more people be mad about it? Also are people not covering wrestling even mad about it to begin with?