has suspended Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman
over a false statement he made during an on-air report Sunday in the immediate aftermath of the helicopter crash that killed NBA
great Kobe Bryant
, his daughter Gianna and seven other people.
In his live report on Sunday, while details about the crash were still scarce and amid a lot of misinformation on social media, Gutman erroneously said that all four of Bryant’s daughters had been on board.
He subsequently acknowledged his mistake and apologized on-air, noting that the investigation into who had been in the helicopter was still ongoing:
Today I inaccurately reported it was believed that four of Kobe Bryant’s children were on board that flight. That is incorrect. I apologize to Kobe’s family, friends and our viewers. pic.twitter.com/yYwuB9vpZl
— Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) January 27, 2020
Three days later, Gutman, an award-winning ABC News veteran,