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Turner Apologizes For Morgan's Comments On Palin During TNT Pregame Show

Turner apologizes for Morgan's (c) lack of judgment with inappropriate comments
Turner Sports has apologized for comments actor Tracy Morgan made about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during last night’s TNT NBA pregame show in which he said Palin is “good masturbation material,” according to Milton Kent of FANHOUSE.com. Turner Sports Senior Dir of PR Jeff Pomeroy in a statement said, "It's unfortunate Mr. Morgan showed a lack of judgment on our air with his inappropriate comments" (FANHOUSE.com, 1/27). Morgan made what appeared to be an unscheduled live appearance on the pregame show, joining TNT's Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith from their set at MSG prior to the Heat-Knicks game. Smith said that he and Barkley "have this argument all the time" and that Morgan was the "only one who could settle it: Tina Fey or Sarah Palin?" Barkley: "Sarah Palin's good looking, isn't she?" Morgan: "Let me tell you something about Sarah Palin -- man, she's good masturbation material. Glasses and all of that, great masturbation material." Johnson, smiling awkwardly, said, "I want to thank Tracy Morgan for stopping by." Johnson moments later said, "The show has taken a very strange turn." He later said as the show was cutting away to an interview with Heat F LeBron James and G Dwyane Wade, "I guarantee this is a sound bite that is safe for the whole family" ("TNT NBA Tip-Off," TNT, 1/27).

SAY WHAT? CBSSPORTS.com's Royce Young wrote Barkley and Smith "should've known what kind of territory they were walking into when they asked the question." Young added, "I'm not sure anyone has ever made Charles Barkley speechless, but Tracy Morgan did exactly that" (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/27). In N.Y., Adam Caparell writes Barkley and Smith were "laughing nervously" after Morgan's comment, and Johnson "was rendered speechless before bashfully trying to move the show in a different direction" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/28). In DC, Lisa de Moraes writes, "Now we'd like to introduce TNT to something called 'the seven-second delay'" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/28).
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