It’s clear that using the word “nigga” in a post didn’t exactly help Seth Abramovitch’s career at Gawker. But A.J. Daulerio, the site’s new editor, felt the need to write his own blog post explaining that was not what got Abramovitch fired. Or not the only thing. From Gawker:
To mitigate some of the damage done to his professional reputation as a result of my ill-timed public dismissal of him, I’d like to reiterate here that there were other factors before and after this DONDA mess which led to it. I thought it was a shitty joke and some of the attempts to defuse the backlash were shittier, but that shouldn’t in any way tarnish his excellent body of work, which I’ve always admired.
That’s nice of Daulerio to say, but we have to wonder – Was it his conscience, or fear of a lawsuit, that prompted this post? Abramovitch’s firing was handled poorly and publicly, with Daulerio even going so far as to make disparaging remarks about the departing blogger to the press.