MSNBC reporter Alison Morris denies using ‘n-word’ during Kobe Bryant report

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Alison Morris misspoke on-air, leading many to believe she’d used a racial slur. Pic credit: @Alisonmorrisnow / Instagram

MSNBC reporter Alison Morris has denied using a racial slur while reporting on the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

Morris stumbled over her words while referring to Bryant’s former team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

During a segment on the basketball hero’s death, Morris was heard to say: “He was just the kind of athlete that was perfectly cast on the Los Angeles ‘Nakers.'”

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Her stumble led many to immediately wonder if she’d used the ‘n-word’ racial slur.

She very quickly corrected herself, saying, “Los Angeles Lakers,” and carried on with the segment.

In a statement, Morris said she “unfortunately stuttered on air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say ‘Nakers.'”

She continued: “Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused.” MSNBC has retweeted her statement.

People demand Alison Morris is fired

Many folk on Twitter were furious with the reporter’s misspoken words, and many demanded her resignation.

Some people thought this would definitely be the end of her career.

And some people on Twitter found her explanation a little hard to believe.

A petition has been set up on by Alizah Parks to get the reporter fired. Parks wrote, “We need to join together to get her fired because Enough is Enough & we will not tolerate this Racist BS anymore!”

At the time of writing, the petition has 15,195 signatures with a target of 25,000.

She did have some supporters online; however, with some arguing, the reporter had just stumbled over her words.

The 39-year-old reporter has been with MSNBC since July of last year. She has the anchor role on MSNBC  in the 2 pm to 4 pm ET Sunday slot and during the week is based at New York City for NBC News Now. She previously worked as a business reporter and anchor at Fox 5 in New York.

Tragic death of Kobe Bryant

Basketball legend Kobe Bryant was tragically killed along with his daughter 13-year-old daughter Gianna last night when his private helicopter crashed in the Calabasas area of California. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not on board. There were allegedly nine people on board, and there were no survivors.

Tributes poured in from other sporting legends such as Vince Carter and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It’s been reported that many of the current Laker’s stars have taken the news very badly, with many breaking down in tears.

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