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‘Lame’ MSNBC is blasted for cutting off sheriff’s press conference, chastising him for using ‘bad words’

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MSNBC got some viewer backlash after it cut away from a Louisiana sheriff’s expletive-filled press conference.

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Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand condemned obscene comments and threats he and other officers have faced since the investigation began in the road rage shooting death of former NFL star Joe McKnight.

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“Not a single witness has said up to this day that there was one racial slur uttered during the course of these events and unfortunately, a life was lost, but you want to know something, folks?” Normand said during a press conference that was aired live on Tuesday. “Two people engaged in bad behavior that day. Why? I don’t know, but they did.”

The angry sheriff then read off some of the expletive-filled comments shared on social media, not censoring any of them.

“It’s not fair for him to be called, ‘You punk-ass Uncle Tom coon, we saw you sell out to them, you ratass faggot punk,’” he read. “That’s the tone of what we call our elected leaders for standing up and simply saying let justice prevail and let the process take its course.”

MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall interrupted in the studio, cutting away from the  live coverage.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to pivot from this, what has been — first of all, let me apologize for some of the language,” Hall said.

“We were not expecting that. That is the sheriff from Jefferson Parish who used several — what he said were quotes directed at sheriffs in his department — slurs, racial slurs and homophobic that did not expect from the sheriff of a police department.”

Some viewers were confused about the sheriff’s statements, misunderstanding the quotes as a “homophobic, slur-filled rant.”

Some were not pleased with the MSNBC decision to break away and apologize. They let the network know in their Twitter posts.

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Frieda Powers

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