Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez was placed on administrative leave by her employer after tweeting out rape allegations about NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, right after he and his young daughter were killed in a fiery helicopter crash.
As Fox News reports:
The Washington Post placed a political reporter on administrative leave over tweets she sent as news of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death were still unfolding.
The paper said the tweets “displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues.”
Post reporter Felicia Sonmez shared a 2016 story about 2003 rape allegations from The Daily Beast headlined, “Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession,” as details of the helicopter crash were still trickling out.
Washington Post reporter @feliciasonmez deleted her crass tweets about Kobe Bryant. But screen grabs are forever – and I took some before she deleted the tweets.
Bye, Felicia. pic.twitter.com/IvNZHkiBam
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) January 26, 2020
“Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality… even if that public figured is beloved and that totality unsettling,” Sonmez wrote. “That folks are responding with rage & threats toward me… speaks volumes about the pressure people come under to stay silent in these cases.”
Were the reporters actions truly out of line and inappropriate in light of Bryant’s tragic end, or is she raising important questions which shouldn’t be brushed under the rug? Let us know what you think in the comments below.