Post by The Rick Jericho on Dec 29, 2019 13:57:28 GMT -5
During the live broadcast of Monday Night Raw on July 30, 2012, Jossie made a joke referencing NBA player Kobe Bryant's sexual assault back in 2003. As client Titus O'Neil tangled with Kofi Kingston in a singles match, Jossie, who was wearing a headset microphone yelled from ringside, "Titus O'Neil is like Kobe Bryant at a hotel in Colorado - HE'S UNSTOPPABLE!". When Raw returned from commercial break following the match, the WWE apologized on-air through announcer Michael Cole and Jossie later issued an apology that evening via Twitter and noted that "there was no malicious intent behind the joke". After Raw, WWE issued an official apology via TMZ reading, "A. W. made an inappropriate comment and WWE immediately apologized. WWE has taken appropriate action in the matter". The representative, however, did not specify what "action" was taken against Jossie. The incident would later be a subject for discussion on the August 1, 2012 broadcast of ESPN's Around the Horn with ESPN analyst and Miami Herald columnist Israel Gutierrez using his "facetime" (for winning the day's show) to criticize the WWE for the incident, despite Jossie's joke being an off-the-cuff moment. Jossie was released by WWE on August 10. After his release from WWE, he went on a rant on his WWE verified Twitter account, @awpromotions, about his former employer. Eventually, WWE suspended his account indefinitely.
What a mess this turned out to be. Now this is something that felt like it was at least 10-15 years ago, but it was only 7 years ago. I haven't heard ANYTHING about this guy since. Is he officially blacklisted from WWE or something?
Post by CM (Charming Mothman) Punk on Dec 29, 2019 14:32:01 GMT -5
I mean with his post-firing response he's not doing himself any favours, but he's not a dude WWE was ever going to do anything with again; he had a three year non-wrestler stint that's only memorable because he said something really stupid. He got chewed out, and then dropped after that over bad press, and I'm going to wager they gave him the 'just lie low until the heat is off' treatment they've given plenty of people before and he pulled an Enzo about it, so now he's just not going anywhere.
As for the 'since', I mean he was someone who in developmental got looked at and told "We think you're an interviewer", which says a lot about his ring skills, he was never breaking out onto the indie scene. To my knowledge he's working like one small scale Florida indie and that's the extent of it.
Was that the dude that beat up Rosa Mendes? I know he was some sort of presidential goof name.
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I was a big fan of Abraham Washington, shouldn't have given him a live mic with no script though.
On one hand, yes. On the other, I think it's a reasonable expectation that a trusted talent wouldn't make a rape joke on a family television show.
I agree with you on that. At the time I didn't think the line was too bad because in 2012 I still had a long way to go learning about social issues, but then like the next week or so he was still on the live mic and made a joke about Rosa's domestic violence thing and I was like "Oh boy this dude is an idiot"