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Laila Ali

I'm Still In Paula Deen's Corner

7/30/2013 3:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Paula Deen has a very powerful ally ... 'cause undefeated boxing champ Laila Ali tells TMZ she's still got Deen's back, even after the n-word controversy.

Right before Deen's kingdom came crumbling down, Laila joined Deen on the Food Network show "Paula's Best Dishes" back in April to cook up some Cloverleaf Rolls, Brussels sprouts, stewed beef and cheese grits.

Since her appearance, Deen has basically been branded a racist due to the fact she admitted using the N-word in private.

So, when Laila and her husband, former NFL star Curtis Conway, rolled into Malibu yesterday, we had to ask how she felt about the disgraced chef.

Considering how important her father is in the African American community ... and the respect he has among all Americans ... Laila's support could be a game changer in Paula's quest for redemption.

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static    

Paula Deen is being persecuted for being honest that's why race relations will never be what it should because the professional victims and poverty pimps will be put out of business.

416 days ago
17.

Salim    

What a fighter!

416 days ago
18.

Sonja    

I wish people would stop talking about her use of the N-word and focus on what she is actually being sued for.. how she and her brother treat their employees. Watching porn in the kitchen of a restaurant, sexually harassing female workers and the list of other odd treatment.. black employees being told what entrance and bathrooms to use... is the problem.

416 days ago
19.

Mrs Jackson    

I'm sick of hearing about that fat bitch. Lets move on

416 days ago
20.

terrell m    

as long as you people realize its the white controlled media trying to destroy this woman.. not African americans.. we honestly don't care..

416 days ago
21.

MAX    

get this and get it good NO ONE CARES

416 days ago
22.

Coffee Drinker     

Give me a hundred Paula's over a Sharpton, Jackson, and countess other haters!

416 days ago
23.

YBNF    

Everyone is entitle to their own opinions.....even if its stupid :-). Check out my blog http://youngbeautifulandfrugal.blogspot.com/

416 days ago
24.

Rich     

I'm in Paula corner. This BS is based on our president. ANYTHING that construed as a dissing a black is racist. Remember this Great American will eventually fad away

416 days ago
25.

Gretchen    

I LOVE Laila Ali. She is not the type to publicly trash anyone, she is pure class. There are so many crappy role models young women look up to today (Kardashians, Lindsay Lohan, ect...) she is a woman that can be a positive role model. Ever since I saw Laila on DWTS stars I have been a huge fan.

416 days ago
26.

nic    

Why simplify this case to Because she said the N WORD?? Have you not heard seen or read the Laundry list of antiquated **** this woman has been a part of? Lets not act like she just said Ni##@ it goes far beyond that.. Laila should pick up some of her mammy post cards on sale at her restaurant for a souvenir, or perhaps POSE for one LMAO

416 days ago
27.

Barb    

Well, Paulal certainly wouldn't call Laila or her father the N-Word or comment on their blackness, now would she?

416 days ago
28.

NOT ELMO    

Laila Ali
I'm Still In Paula Deen's Corner...............You might be the only One

416 days ago
29.

B.Womble    

I'm black n I'm still down w Paula ...if u don't think as old as she is and where's she's from n age..that was a given..but like most, she got wise w age and understood ppl r ppl , believe me, I bet she got a couple of white friends that she can't stand,and a couple of blacks that she thinks the world of...

416 days ago
30.

Kabala    

She's right - Paula kind of cooked her own goose by being too honest... The event was like a candle that turned into an inferno.

416 days ago
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