AW Says His Kobe Bryant Joke Was Not Malicious, WWE Personnel Furious

Posted by Matt Boone July 31, 2012 8 Comments

During Monday’s live WWE Raw broadcast, A.W. made a crass joke referencing NBA player Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case years ago. As client Titus O’Neil tangled with Kofi Kingston in a singles match, A.W. yelled from ringside, “Titus O’Neil is like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado hotel room. He’s unstoppable!!” The WWE personality issued an apology late Monday evening via Twitter and noted that “there was no malicious intent behind the joke.”

A.W. wrote, “It was either a Kobe or Lebron joke. Lebron jus won the Finals so there you have it..Myself!”

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.

Following the commercial break, WWE broadcaster Michael Cole issued an apology on behalf of the organization for “remarks made by A.W.,” though without specifically referencing the joke. reports that many people were furious backstage over the remark, as well as in disbelief.

After Raw, WWE issued an official apology via reading, “A.W. made an inappropriate comment and WWE immediately apologized. WWE has taken appropriate action in the matter.” The representative, however, did not specify what “action” was taken against A.W.

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    • Quan Williams

      looks like Punk isn’t the only one who can drop “pipe bombs”…

    • Cena’s RAW 1000 Boner

      If it wasnt for AW, d.bryan backstage and my boner late in the show, this RAW would have been terrible.

    • Mr. X

      Nothing like dusting off a joke thats like 8-9 years past its prime.

    • Barry Orton

      Wonder when someone will mention how vince has rapists like pat patterson and mel phillips and terry garvin working for him… Vince is the original sandusky.

    • KenFromNY

      At least it got them in the public eye. It’s not like Cena vs Big Show can hold my interest, and AW was able to draw a lot of attention with that joke. They want ratings? They want viewers? Let AW run his mouth some more.

    • MRNC

      Relax WWE! The whole point of the joke was that O’Neal is “Unstoppable” WWE is very good at losing ratings!

    • Just-close-the-mouth

      Shut up with the comments of raw being boring. You say the only good parts are A.W talking and Daniel Bryan backstage. How about Christian and Jericho vs. The Miz and Ziggler? Or Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan street fight? You just love to like heels and hate on cena and WWE. You all are very negative to mainstream. The only faces you like are the ones from the attitude era. Don’t get me wrong attitude era is the best era of WWE but, jeez go with the flow. If you hate WWE please stop watching it, I beg you just leave the room and go play golf or something you are ruining for kids. You were a kid when you watched WWF and you liked the Rock but, he got hate and all the adults were all “Only kids watch The rock but, Hogan’s alot better”.

    • CaptPoorTaste

      HEY!! Stale Kobe rape jokes are relevant again for a good day or two, better get my fill now……C’mon WWE you should have known better, AW saying stupid shit during a prime time players match is like sex with Kobe Bryant, its going to happen whether you want it to or not.

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