WWE.com has announced that the WWE has come to terms on the release of manager and RAW Superstar A.W. (Brian Jossie) as of Friday, August 10, 2012. A.W.’s release comes on the heels of an off-color comment made by the manager on the July 30 edition of RAW where A.W. commented on the Kobe Bryant rape case of several years ago where he said, into a live microphone, that Titus O’Neil was “like Kobe Bryant in a hotel room in Colorado, he’s unstoppable”. This comment warranted an immediate apology from the WWE and it put a lot of backstage heat on A.W., who would apologize to several Superstars and officials in the back, but the damage was already done at that point.
Before he returned to television earlier this year as the manager of Primo & Epico before turning on the team to recruit The Prime Time Players of Darren Young & Titus O’Neil, A.W. was most notable for his time on the now defunct ECW brand as Abraham Washington, the host of “The Abraham Washington Show”, which was a weekly interview segment. After the ECW brand was discontinued, Jossie was sent back to FCW and returned as an active competitor. Jossie remained in FCW until his re-emergence in March of this year.
Though there have been no reports stating the specific reason for A.W.’s release, most people assume that the Kobe Bryant comment ant the negative media attention that surrounded it made A.W. a liability in the eyes of those within the WWE.
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