Country singer Morgan Wallen has found himself in the midst of controversy yet again. On Tuesday evening, TMZ reported that Wallen was heard using the N-word and other profanities following a rowdy night with his friends. He has since released a statement in which he apologized for using the term.
The publication reported that Wallen was out with a group of his friends in Nashville on Sunday. Later, the group arrived back at Wallen's home at around midnight. When they returned to his residence, they were reportedly extremely loud, honking horns, and talking loudly. Due to the fact that the group was causing such a disturbance, one of Wallen's neighbors began recording them. In the video that was captured by one of his neighbors, the country singer appears to be stumbled towards his house as he tells one of his friends to watch over another guy in the group. He tells him, "take care of" this "p— ass mother—" and then added, "take care of this p— ass n—" before he heading into his home.
In light of this controversy, Wallen released a statement to TMZ, which read, "I’m embarrassed and sorry. I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back. There are no excuses to use this type of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using the word. I promise to do better.”
Of course, this isn't the first time this past year that Wallen has found himself in the midst of controversy. Back in October, days before he was set to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, the country singer was seen partying and getting close with others without a mask on. The show later removed him as the musical guest for breaking COVID-19 safety protocols. He was replaced by Jack White. At the time, he released a statement that read, "I was getting ready for SNL this Saturday when I got a call from the show letting me know that I will no longer be able to play. And that's because of COVID protocols, which I understand. [But] my actions this past weekend were pretty short-sighted and they have obviously affected my long-term goals and my dreams. I respect the show's decision because I know that I put them in jeopardy, and I take ownership for this." Even though SNL decided to remove him for breaking COVID-19 safety guidelines, they later brought him back in December to serve as the musical guest.