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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."

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76.

Mememememememe    

I HOPE THE COP LOSES HIS JOB!

1859 days ago
77.

comeontmz    

come on tmz. There is a much bigger story here. I cannot believe all you got form this was a yo mama joke. I love TMZ but you dropped the ball here. You can catch the real story on CNN or theroot.com

1859 days ago
78.

puddintang    

If the guy hadn't become so beligerent he would not have been arrested. The police were doing their job and responding to a call that someone was breaking in to a house. HE couldn't quit acting like an idiot and accusing officers of racism for doing what they're supposed to do. I don't understand WHY black people have to act like this and act as if they are above the law and common decency. If someone reports a break in the cops have to come and investigate. If it's a mistake and it's your own house, show ID and clear it up . Common sense. Don't start verbally abusing the cops for doing their job. Don't accuse someone of racism for trying to protect YOUR property. Act like a human being instead of throwing out the race card. It's time to GET OVER IT. We have a black president for crying out loud. It wasn't just the blacks who voted him in. It's the black people who are perpetuating racism! racial profiling my ass. The guy is a jerk. It's white people who are now the victims of racism. Maybe we should just have all black police officers so the blacks will have to find something new to accuse them of when they are doing their jobs.

1859 days ago
79.

john    

I see Samuel L. Jackson playing this guys in a made for TV movie!!!

1859 days ago
80.

tcidda    

Even Harvard profs can be numb skulls.

1859 days ago
81.

francisair    

The man was breaking into a house. The police only had a report that someone was breaking into a house. How the hell would they know whether the person in the house that was reported being broken into was in fact the good professor. No idiots they ask and when resisted the first instinct is to assume they were dealing with an intruder and following through is there job. No where in the article does it say the good professor identified himself as the owner and they left. My guess is yo mama wasn't the only bull bleep he was yelling. An emotional midget. BIG CHIP on that dudes shoulder. He's a disgrace.

1859 days ago
82.

Nujerz    

Its funny all the white people are saying he refused to show ID when all reports indicate he showed them his Driver License and College ID. The Cops were out of line.

1859 days ago
83.

tb    

to: #98

You said "In order to get respect, you must first give it" exactly and that's what the professor should have done instead of acting like a superior being. He probably got his education on the taxpayer's money. Now he might sue. if that happens, I wish a lawyer would check into his behavior and try to get him fired for his ghetto attitude. No wonder the police do not want to respond in certain areas, I wouldn't.

1859 days ago
84.

Rampage    

CHARGES DROPPED!

LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY WAS RIGHT ABOUT NAZI POLICE STATE IN AMERICA BEING OUT TO LUNCH AND RACIST.
ALL THE STUPID WHITE BOYS THAT SAY THE BLACK MAN WAS UPPITY BECAUSE HE MOUTHED OFF, AND SAID HE HAD A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER NEED TO

SUCK A FAT BLACK C0CK!

1859 days ago
85.

Mememememememe    

I HOPE HE SUES THE CITY, THE COP (FOR HIS TRAILER), AND TMZ FOR NOT PRINTING A STORY ABOUT THE CHARGES BEING DISMISSED.

1859 days ago
86.

T    

The white people need to stop lying and saying he did not show his id, all the articles I read on this from reputable news sources clearly state that from his account and from the police report account that he clearly and definately did show his drivers license and university id, whether at some point he got a little attitude for being wrongly accused or not, he did definately without a doubt produce two forms of ID and the police continued to harrass him anyway and proceeded to arrest him, you can't say he deserved it for not showing id because he did show id, that is a total lie that he never showed id

1859 days ago
87.

Celebs are emptyheads.....    

If black people want people to stop calling them criminals, then they need to stop committing crimes.

It's really that simple....and, oh yeah.....if you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em. Follow that rule, and welfare will be a thing of the past.

1859 days ago
88.

Dustin    

Should have been like "You can ask your mom she was screaming my name last night"

1859 days ago
89.

Mememememememe    

THERE ARE MORE WHITE PEOPLE ON WELFARE DUMMY! THERE ARE MORE WHITE IN THE UNITED STATES. WHAT ABOUT ALL OF US IN THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS? PIGEON FORGE ROCKS!!!!!!!

1859 days ago
90.

tb    

#111 Yes, he did show ID and then he went ghetto and that's why he got arrested.

#112, right on

#114 your information is false

Maybe the professor can go to DisneyWorld

1859 days ago
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