WWE Issues 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.

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  • DigitalWWE

    I thought it was funny o-o

    • backblack25

      sick f*ck

  • XTX21

    Caught up in the moment? My ass…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremycounty Jeremy-County Roberts

    i miss the old WWE……….i mean WWF when everyone was not so butt hurt and cared what the media thought of them. Linda, this is your fault. WWE has to look extra clean anytime you are running for some office.

    • backblack25


      • BrahmaBullRKO

        That is an excellent argument, good sir.

    • miss melly

      looking at your fb, it’s clear you’re very lowbrow

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeremycounty Jeremy-County Roberts

        oh melly, you really hurt my feelings bro. please, take a shot at me when you indeed show us what you look like. oh and please dont crop your large self out of your picture and make yourself look like a size 1. k? yeah.

        • Chaos Punk

          I was with you until you made yourself look like a jackass there.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jeremycounty Jeremy-County Roberts

            by defending myself I’m a jackass? uh, seems legit.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jeremycounty Jeremy-County Roberts

            so by defending myself, I’m a jackass? seems legit.

          • http://twitter.com/PennyUndead Roger Penland

            seems legit? this isn’t 4chan, you fucktard.

        • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

          You idiot, lowbrow is a compliment. Its clear you’re new at this.

    • Mick Cologne

      Amen. I also love how the people who disagree with you have the class to be eloquent enough to take shots at your person rather than make a statement that makes sense or takes any thought processing at all.

    • BrahmaBullRKO

      Not Linda’s fault. It’s society in general, people getting more and more butthurt about every little thing. Just watch, by 2020 people will have to apologize for making fart jokes.

      • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

        No, the PG thing has been all about Linda running for office. It always has been and will be as long as she keeps trying. Vince gets off on pushing the envelope. Do you honestly think he likes this sort of nonsense?

    • Kjhaltz

      To be fair and honest it is the times we live in. At least states side everyone gets touchy on words, looks, actions, etc. I hate Linda’s campaigning and I hope WWE goes back too.

  • backblack25

    rape isn’t funny, anyone that thinks it is, has major issues and I think the police need to check into.

    • vadertime33

      2 bad she didnt get raped though … check into what?? he made a joke .. kill urself

    • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

      You’re right, it isn’t funny. So what better than to crap on a guy like AW did, who got off scott-free.

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    • BrahmaBullRKO

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    • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

      I once ate a live grasshopper. True story bro.

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  • http://twitter.com/SGHarris123 Steven Harris

    I thought it funny lol.

  • Mr_DJ

    So that’s what that was about…yeah, I don’t follow celeb news

  • http://twitter.com/HEELHaro Franky Haro™

    That joke he made on twitter, when referred Kofi Kingston & R-Truth to Bob Marley & Flavor Flav had me dying!!

  • Nick

    Wait, I thought the WWE had writers to make all the “Jokes”. If so why is he getting into hot water with WWE? I’m not defending nor bashing the guy, I just wanna know, because if that’s the case maybe they need to hire better writers or something. Someone clear it up for me if im wrong in any way please :-).

    • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

      Not a whole lot of need to clear anything up. They’ve needed better writers for the better part of the last decade.


    Everybody on here is insensitive and has no business sense. This joke was very inappropriate and had no place on the USA Network. Those kind of remarks are only for Comedy Central. I shouldn’t be surprised that all of you have no class or common sense. I immediately was shocked by that comment and figured he would face some backlash. And sure enough Michael Cole apologizes for AW’s gross joke. Vince McMahon’s untouchable business sense was personified through Michael Cole to ensure that the USA Network audience understands that WWE did not give AW the green light to made such an insensitive remark. If it don’t make dollars then it don’t make sense. And if it loses dollars then it sure as hell doesn’t make sense. Good job WWE for being so quick to attempt the rectify the situation.

    • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

      Ten bucks says you cheer on DX who used to make jokes ten times worse. Twenty bucks says you mark out every time The Rock says “pie”. We need heel Jericho on here to tell you how much of a hypocrite you are.

  • http://twitter.com/WWEbeatsTNA Christopher Thomas

    seriously, its not the ratings, if people come to the shows, or how many pay per view buys WWE gets thats gonna run them outta business, its how many wrestlers take their storyline too far and gonna say something thats gonna piss everyone off

  • Aaron

    Bring back wwe old school raw gets boring now and I find myself skipping through most of it

  • nafant

    since when are the personalities allowed to just say whatever ? Someone backstage probly told him to say it.