Country star Morgan Wallen posts apology video following use of racial slur

Posted at 9:45 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 03:46:00-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Country singer Morgan Wallen released a video statement asking his supporters not to defend him following his use of a racial slur.

"I appreciate those who still see something in me and have defended me, but for today, please don't. I was wrong. It's on me to take ownership of this," Wallen said in a YouTube video.

Video of Wallen using the racial slur surfaced last week following what he said was hour 72 of a 72-hour bender.

He said he talked with advocate groups who showed him grace and helped educate him.

Shortly after the video was made public, Wallen released a written statement apologizing and promising "to do better.”

He was removed from radio playlists. His label, Big Loud Records, announced the indefinite suspension of Wallen's recording contract.