Alison Morris is facing the wrath of social media after she was accused of using a racial slur on live television.
On Sunday, the MSNBC anchor was reporting on the tragic death of Kobe Bryant when she stumbled on the pronunciation of the basketball player’s former team.
Instead of saying "Lakers," some on social media purport that the journalist said the N-word.
Later that day, Morris wrote a tweet claiming she accidentally combined the names of the Lakers and the New York Knicks, and said “Nakers.”
While apologizing for the confusion, the correspondent emphatically denied using a racial epithet on-air.
“Earlier today, while reporting on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, I unfortunately stuttered on air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say ‘Nakers,’” she wrote. “Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused.”
However, some on social media are not buying her explanation.
“Girl just quit it’s Over for you. On behalf of the internet, we don’t forgive you,” one commenter wrote.
“Nah you said the whole thing, own up to it,” another added.
As a result of the controversy, a Change.org petition was created, demanding that Morris be terminated for her slip-up.
“We need to join together to get her fired because Enough is Enough & we will not tolerate this Racist BS anymore!” the petition exclaimed.
Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash claimed the lives of nine victims, including the NBA legend's 13-year-old daughter Gianna.