Morgan Wallen has issued what he called a “long overdue” statement on Wednesday evening (Feb. 10), eight days after a video of himself using the N-word surfaced online. Below is a list of 5 things we learned from his emotional video statement.
He’s Learned That His Words Matter And Can Truly Hurt A Person
“The very people I hurt and they had every right to step on my neck while I was down to not show me any grace but they did the exact opposite, they offered me grace and they also paired that with an offer to learn and to grow. And i’ll be honest that kindness really inspired me to dig deeper, on how to do something about this and one thing I’ve learned already is and i’m specifically sorry for is that it matters, my words matter, a word can truly hurt a person and in my core it’s not what I’m okay with. This week i’m heard first hand some personal stories from black people that honestly shook me. I know what i’m going through this week doesn’t even compare to some of the trials I heard about from them. I came away from those discussions with a deep appreciation for them and a clearer understanding of the weight of my words.”
He’s Not Okay With Letting Down So Many People Including His Parents & Son And He’s Sorry
“I let so many people down, who mean a lot to me and who’ve given so much to me and it’s just not fair. I let my parents down and their the furthest thing from the person in that video. I let my son down and I’m not okay with that. So this week, I’ve been waiting to say anything further until I got the chance to apologize to those closest to me that I knew I personally hurt. “
Doesn’t Want Fans Defending Him As He Takes Full Responsibility
“I have one favor to ask, 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 for this and I fully accept any penalties I’m facing.”
Wallen’s Been Sober For 9 Days And Counting
“Since that video was taken, I’ve been sober for nine days, it’s not all that long of a time but it’s enough to know the man in that video is not the man that I’m trying to be.”
Working To Educate Himself, Accepting Offers To Have Conversations From Black Organizations
“I also accepted some invitations from some amazing black organizations, some executives and leaders to engage in some very real and honest conversations and I’ll admit to you, I was pretty nervous to accept those invitations.”
Watch the full video statement below.