A.W. Makes Controversial Kobe Bryant Joke During WWE Raw
Monday Night Raw's most controversial event didn't involve actual wrestling. It involved A.W.'s mouth.
According to PWTorch.com reporter Wade Keller, A.W. made disparaging remarks about someone not even remotely involved with the WWE world Monday night.
For those asking, AW said:"Did you see that? Titus O’Neil is like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado. He is unstoppable.”— Wade Keller (@thewadekeller) July 31, 2012
It goes without saying that this remark is in bad taste. It doesn't matter if your television program airs at 11:00 a.m. or 11:00 p.m., there are certain lines that just don't need to be crossed. WWE superstars are oftentimes unpredictable and obviously play to the crowd, but that doesn't change the line between what you should say and what you should keep to yourself.
Ringside announcer Michael Cole, being the savvy veteran that he is, apologized for the remark as soon as the match ended.
This remark doesn't just cast a shadow on A.W.'s reputation. It also impacts the overall portrayal of the WWE organization. Every one of these athletes represents their employer, and their actions impact the way the WWE's brand is viewed.
It seems a bit funny that a group specializing in showmanship, entertainment and ridiculous antics would worry about public relations issues, but in this case they should. Not only are they one of the world's most popular entertainment outlets, but Linda McMahon (Vince's wife) is running for U.S. Senate this year. Something like this may not directly affect her political campaign, but I can almost guarantee she wouldn't want to be associated with it.
Monday Night Raw has had its fair share of mindblowing moments throughout its history—with a few like this mixed in—but that doesn't change the facts.
Raw is a PG program and boundaries still exist.
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