Major ‘A.W.’ Update – Apology Issued, Disbelief Backstage & More

Ryan Clark July 31, 2012 3

Major ‘A.W.’ Update – Apology Issued, Disbelief Backstage & More


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As you know by now, during Monday’s live WWE RAW broadcast, A.W. (Abraham Washington) 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, “I would like to apologize to all the #WWEUniverse for my inappropriate and insensitive remark. I went too far with that joke. #NotFunny!! There was no malicious intent behind the joke. 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. One source 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.

Here is a video of A.W.’s remarks from RAW:


  1. Michael July 31, 2012 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    How do you think Chris Jericho feels? He
    diddles with a Brazilian Flag at a house show and gets suspended for 30
    days. A.W. makes a rape joke on live TV and hasn’t been punished yet.

    • Loren Daak August 1, 2012 at 12:02 am - Reply

      But what Jericho did was against the law in that country…..

  2. anonymous July 31, 2012 at 11:15 pm - Reply

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