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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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31.

Blackness Enveloping    

Of course the viewers think it's funny. Only inbred hillbillies watch this ****. Now squeal like a pig, boy!

822 days ago
32.

robert chowaniec    

Why apologize for the truth,he is a rapist!!

822 days ago
33.

arale norimaki    

that so 2003

HHH *********s the boss's daughter and thus gets to stay champion all the time.

822 days ago
34.

EastCoastChopper    

What, Dane Cook can make a Aurora Theatre joke - and WWE cannot joke about a rapist who plays basketball?

822 days ago
35.

KIWIDIGGLER    

It wasnt rape because he paid her off, that makes her a whore.... if it was rape she would have sent him to jail

822 days ago
36.

batterup    

Offensive AND funny. Dane Cook, you takin notes?

822 days ago
37.

Jaymalls    

If it was a white athlete, you guys would be saying "he went to far..." "He should be fired!" But since it's Kobe Bryant, you guys are like "Why Apologize?"

822 days ago
38.

Allen Ridak    

Reminds me of the time I offered my dad oral. He just kinda looked at me funny and backed away. A couple weeks later, my parents said it'd be best if I "moved on out". To this day, I don't know if the two incidents were related in any way..

822 days ago
39.

ChloeMarie    

too little, too late

822 days ago
40.

AceBobcat    

Lol oh A.W.

Seriously though. WWE is a PG show now. There is no such place for that kind of humor according to the McMahons. I, however, found it rather funny. For real, they're probably gonna take A-dub's mic away for that.

822 days ago
41.

Whatever    

What I remember quite clearly about the accused's story before she settled and when she was talking was that she clearly felt raped and was not in a consensual situation with Kobe Bryant. That, to me, is rape. Money made that story go away, which doesn't help other victims, but it helped her, I guess. The joke doesn't bother me because I remember how much I believed her.

822 days ago
42.

Joey Boots    

im all for crude jokes but that was just not funny.

822 days ago
43.

Jeremy    

If The Rock had made the same joke..there would be no apology and it would've trended on Twitter.

822 days ago
44.

1    

Where was Britney?

822 days ago
45.

MadCharles    

Didn't he pay his way out of a rape charge ?

822 days ago
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