WWE Issues Official Statement On ‘Kobe Bryant Rape Joke’ On Raw

WWE issued an official statement Tuesday concerning a personality’s off-color remark during Monday’s Raw broadcast in which NBA player Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case was referenced.

As Titus O’Neil grappled with Kofi Kingston in a singles match, A.W., who was wearing a live mic, yelled from ringside, “Titus O’Neil is like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado hotel room. He’s unstoppable!!”

The remark was in reference to the basketball star being accused of sexual assault in summer 2003 after having sex with a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado. In September 2004, prosecutors dropped the case after his accuser refused to testify. A civil suit was later filed and settled out of court.

A WWE spokesman issued an statement to TMZ.com reading, “A.W. made an inappropriate comment and WWE immediately apologized. WWE has taken appropriate action in the matter.”

WWE sources tell TMZ that A.W. “felt horrible” after making the remark and claimed he simply “got caught up in the moment.” He also realizes the remark could be hurtful to rape victims and their families.

A.W. immediately apologized to company brass, including the McMahon family, as well as several wrestlers, and has also vowed to refrain from making similar remarks in the future.

  • Ty

    Good luck in your futur…..ah he’ll be alright

  • http://Wrestlenewz.com DeanDuck

    For God’s sake, just take that mic off of “Abraham” when he’s at ringside! It’s annoying as hell, anyway! Almost as annoying as Titus and that stupid bark. Which begs the question: if Titus O’Neil is a Florida Gator, then why does he bark like a Georgia Bulldog? If someone pointed this out to him, maybe he’d stop doing it!

  • Jimmy

    Does he have to have the microphone on during matches? From reading things on live events, most of the fans find it annoying anyway. Just get rid of it.

  • Rob

    AW is gold ont he mic

  • http://Wrestlenewz.com DeanDuck

    ^Yeah–fool’s gold.


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