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ABC News Anchor Matt Gutman Suspended for False Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Reporting

ABC News Anchor Matt Gutman Suspended for False Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Reporting

ABC News is suspending anchor Matt Gutman.

The anchor falsely reported that all four of Kobe Bryant‘s daughters died in the fatal helicopter crash that killed him and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna on Sunday (January 26).

During the ABC News coverage that day, Matt speculated on-air that all four daughters were on the helicopter, which turned out to be false. He later apologized on Twitter for doing so.

However, ABC News decided to suspend him on Wednesday (January 29).

“Reporting the facts accurately is the cornerstone of our journalism. As he acknowledged on Sunday, Matt Gutman’s initial reporting was not accurate and failed to meet our editorial standards,” the company said in a statement to the LA Times.

“We are in the business of holding people accountable. And I hold myself accountable for a terrible mistake, which I deeply regret. I want to personally apologize to the Bryant family for this wrenching loss and any additional anguish my report caused,” he said in a statement to a publication.

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