TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Busted Harvard Prof

Drops 'Yo Mama' Joke

on Cop

7/20/2009 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0720_gates-1Even the nation's pre-eminent African-American scholar isn't afraid to bust a yo' mama joke -- especially when he's getting busted by cops.

Cambridge police arrested Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. for disorderly conduct last Thursday night. Gates was going into his house when police responded to a call that two black males were breaking in.

According to the police report, 58-year old Gates got into it pretty good with Sgt. Crowley, and that's when ...

"As I began walking through the foyer toward the front door, I could hear Gates again demanding my name. I again told Gates that I would speak with him outside. His reply was "ya, I'll speak with your mama outside."

As you can imagine, the argument got more heated after that and Gates was taken into custody.

Professor -- everyone knows it's "yo' mama." Not "your mama."

116 COMMENTS

No Avatar
46.

tb    

The police were responding to a call regarding a possible break in, it was dark outside. Instead of being a smart ass, he could have responded, I am the owner of the home and I will be out to give my information as any normal person would have responded. Fed up with blacks complaining about everything and the racial bs you hear everyday. If the Professor was my neighbor, his house could burn down and I wouldn't call the fire department.

1830 days ago
47.

clarity    

TMZ, I really don't appreciate your hack job on the Gates vs Cambridge PD incident.

Read the police report and Henry Louis Gates attorney's perspective. It is really clear the cop was out of line and got pdoff. He asked Gates for ID and Gates complied. Gates showed the wack job his Mass Drivers License along with his Harvard ID. When Gates asked the cop to identify himself the cop got ticked off about a Black manasking HIM for "his name rank and serial number." The policeman is a coward.
http://www.theroot.com/views/lawyers-statement-arrest-henry-louis-gates-jr
police report: http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/gates_incident_report_redacted.pdf

1830 days ago
48.

frogs and gravel    

It would be AWESOME if the Prof's. home got broken into in the next day or two.

1830 days ago
49.

Paparazzo@frog.cc    

#50 is right. Gates has a chip on his shoulder. He should have told the policeman who he was instead of being a jerk. I think he's just generating extra publicity for himself.

1830 days ago
50.

tb    

It goes to show you, you can give an education to some people and they are still ignorant. And for the people that think the professor's remark was funny, I think it would have been better if the policeman had said it. For all of the people that are suggesting a law suit, why don't you work for money instead of looking for hand outs all of the time?

1830 days ago
51.

Hyde30    

Sheesh, the cops were responding to a call of someone breaking in, so when they get there they find someone breaking in. How stupid would they be to NOT have a few questions? All this guy had to do was tell them to look at his license. But no, he had to act like a fool. I guess even educated blacks are ghetto. Didn't want to believe it.

1830 days ago
52.

Karen    

If you idiots dont read the article, dont comment. He and another person were locked out and trying to get in. A driverby called and reported 2 men trying to get into a home. When the police arrived, he refused to show identification, which would of stopped the situation immediately. He was pissed the police didnt recognize him.

1830 days ago
53.

GRouston    

Seems silly making such a big deal out of nothing, also seems like someone wanted to make a race issue out of this or they wer a bit tipsy and beligerant and covered it up with the charges and withholding information.

1830 days ago
54.

TheMizzz    

He got arrested for being an ass, not breaking into hs own home! That said rotfl at the Yo Mama joke, just proves and education does not automatically equal class.

1830 days ago
55.

erkg    

why not just comply with the request to show an id and then it would be over. You'd think his neighbors would know him - is he also raking them through the coals?

1830 days ago
56.

Why is everything on this website about race?    

What you people fell to realize is , racial profiling does happen everyday. Being that you don't have to worry about it and don't experience it that means that it isn't real.

AS ALWAYS THIS IS THE CHANCE THAT YOU DUMB BITCHES HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. TO BASH ALL BLK'S. THERE IS NOT REASON THAT HE SHOULD HAVE TO DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN GIVE THEM PROOF THAT HE LIVED THERE WITH ID. HE DONE THAT. EVERYTHING THAT TOOK PLACE AFTER THAT. WAS INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR ON THE COPS PART AS WELL AS MR. GATES PART.

BLK MEN YOU GET IT ALOT WORSE THAT BLK WOMEN. I SAY STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN. DON'T BOW DOWN TO KNOW WHITE MAN BECAUSE HE THINKS HE HAS SOME POWER WHEN YOU KNOW YOU DID NOTHING WRONG. NONE OF THE WHITE PEOPLE ON HERE WOULD DO IT. THE COUNTRY WAS BUILD ON THE THEM BEING ABOVE ALL. NOW WE ARE BREAKING THE WALLS. THEY FEEL BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME RIGHTS THAT, THINGS ARE STILL JUST AS BAD. THEN THERE IS ALWAYS AND EXCUSE TO JUSTIFY THEIR WAY OF THINKING.

WHEN WE AS BLK PEOPLE ARE WRONG WE ARE WRONG. WE ALL FEEL THAT WAY. YET WHEN ONE OF OUR BROTHERS ARE DONE WRONG WE ARE ALL DONE WRONG. REMEMBER THAT. IF WE ARE NOT THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER NO ONE WILL.

WHITE PEOPLE REMEMBER THIS. IF YOU HAVE ANY MIXED RELATIVES OR FRIENDS THAT HAVE DARK SKIN, THIS WILL HAPPEN TO THEM ONE DAY, AND WHEN IT DOES? WILL YOU SAY THE THINGS THAT YOU ARE SAYING RIGHT NOW?
'THE SAD PART IS TMZ GETS A KICK OUT OF THE BASHING, THIS IS NOT THE REAL STORY AND NOT OF YOU OH SO SMART ASS HOLE TOOK THE TIME TO SEE WHAT THE REAL STORY WAS. YOU WOULD RATHER TAKE THE COPS REPORT INFORMATION AND SAY THAT IT IS CORRECT, WHY CAUSE ITS 2009. COME ON PEOPLE, WE ALL KNOW THAT AS A COP YOU CAN RIGHT WHAT THE HELL EVER YOU WANT IN THAT REPORT AS LONG AS THE RESPONDING OFFICER AGREES TO GO ALONE WITH THE STORY. USE YOUR BRAINS SOMETIMES. WAIT, YOU PEOPLE DON'T LIKE US ANYWAY, SO WHY IS IT THAT YOU CAN'T SEE THE PICTURE ON BOTH SIDES.

1830 days ago
57.

really?    

Black is, as black does.

1830 days ago
58.

lets be real    

I think white people feel left out, they need to be called victims too. I am waitting to hear both sides to make my judgement.

1830 days ago
59.

Gwennie    

All they had to do was show the man some respect and dignity.

They should have found out the facts before they reacted.

He is innocent until proven guilty; and if they acted liked adults and treated him like one; it would have never came to him being taken to jail.

They are the law not God.

In order to get respect, you must first give it.

They need further training or a different profession. They are not trained to be police officer, evidently.

1830 days ago
60.

Gwennie    

Color has nothing to do with it; if you are a cop, that does not make you above the law or give you the right to disrespect anyone black or white.

They need to be gracious in dealing with people.

That's all.

1830 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web