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WWE

Apologizes for

Kobe Bryant Rape Joke

7/31/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The WWE has issued an full apology after an on-air personality joked that one of the wrestlers was "like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado ... he's unstoppable."

It all went down during a live broadcast of "Monday Night Raw" ... when a manager named Abraham Washington -- who was wearing a live mic -- was ringside for a match involving a wrestler named Titus O'Neil ... and during the action, A.W. let the Kobe crack fly.

The comment is an obvious reference to Kobe's 2003 sexual assault case -- when he was accused of raping a woman in his hotel room in Eagle, Colorado. The accuser eventually reached a settlement with Kobe and dropped her case.

A rep for the WWE has issued a statement to TMZ ... telling us, "A.W. made an inappropriate comment and WWE immediately apologized."

The rep adds, "WWE has taken appropriate action in the matter." It's unclear what kind of "action" the org. has decided to take.

Sources tell us A.W. "felt horrible" after he made the comment ... claiming he simply "got caught up in the moment" ... and realizes the comment could be hurtful to rape victims and their families.

A.W. immediately apologized to WWE honchos, including the McMahon family, and several wrestlers ... and has also vowed to refrain from making similar comments in the future.

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10:20 PM PT -- Washington has issued an apology on Twitter ... calling his comments "inappropriate and insensitive."

He adds, "I went too far with that joke."

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1.

Jay W.     

So it's crude humor. Screw the apology.

817 days ago
2.

backfire    

These nobodies who purposely shout out mean spirited inappropriate jokes they think are funny just apologize because no one believed it just came out. It's pretty obscure to just come out, besides being a very long time ago and not even current.

817 days ago
3.

Sunset    

AHAHAHAHA! I hope the joke was improvised cause' that sh*t is funny!

817 days ago
4.

LDB    

Offensive yet funny

817 days ago
5.

Throwback kid    

Just change the joke to Mike Tyson in a hotel room and you will be fine. Tyson was convicted of the same thing Kobe did in Colorado

817 days ago
6.

LDB    

in this generation people are scared to say anything thinking they'll get sued

817 days ago
7.

TMZ Superfan    

It was a fricking joke, no big deal.

817 days ago
8.

Ashley    

Rape isn't a joke. These 15mins-of-fame-wannabes always say they "felt horrible"after the fact. Yeah right.

817 days ago
9.

GLaDOS    

No reason to apologize. Kobe WAS unstoppable in that hotel room when he raped that girl. I don't see why pointing that out would offend victims. If anything maybe it would raise awareness.

817 days ago
10.

Shotty Pippen 33    

If not for TMZ, no one would've known this had happened. Well, no one that mattered at least...

817 days ago
11.

Jordan    

WWE is Rapist friendly they gave Convicted Rapist Hall of Fame stature. WWE are nothing more than gutless cowards and I bet Millions of Dollars that Vince McMahon will not do anything for this disgusting comment because Vince too is a gutless Coward.

817 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

so they get offended by that...yet they put mike tyson in their fake hall of fame who was convicted of rape? lol..i remember whe WWf was edgey and fun to watch.

817 days ago
13.

Bird    

" like Kobe Bryant at a hotel room in Colorado ... he's unstoppable." Sorry, but that is HILARIOUS!

817 days ago
14.

LadyN    

He did go too far but how many people even knew what he was referring to? It was a long time ago and many of the fans are younger and have no clue. I forgot about the incident (and I am NOT younger) and didn't even know he was referencing the rape thing. I thought he meant Kobe was a womanizer which he is... All these apologies are making it much worse.

817 days ago
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Kris    

BS. Don't think for one second that his comment wasn't worked up by a WWE writer. Him having to "apologize" to the WWE & McMahon is just their way of deflecting the blame onto the lowly talent. He's a scapegoat, and most likely had to take ownership of it to keep himself on the payroll.

817 days ago
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