An MSNBC anchor is under fire for a very unfortunate slip of the tongue on air.

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During a live report on Sunday about the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, anchor Alison Morris  flubbed a reference to the L.A. Lakers by uttering what sounded to many like the N-word.

With outcry on social media, Morris took to Twitter to deny that she said the N-word, explaining that the flub was caused by a stutter, while also apologizing for any “confusion.”

Wanda Sykes responded to the controversy on Twitter by saying that she believes Morris’s explanation.

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Following Morris’ statement, many on Twitter argued over the incident.

Bryant died Sunday morning along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others when his helicopter crashed in Calabasas.