Morgan Wallen Says He's Meeting With "Some Amazing Black Organizations" After Using The N-Word

    "That's not something I'm proud of."

    The fallout from Morgan Wallen's recent use of the n-word continues.

    Morgan Wallen plays the keyboard and sings in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in January 2021

    As the country music community continues to address the incident, the singer-songwriter posted a lengthy video on YouTube apologizing for his usage of the word.

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    During the five-minute video, Morgan claims that the footage of him saying the n-word was captured "on hour 72 of 72 of a bender, and that’s not something I’m proud of." He says he's accepted invitations from "some amazing Black organizations" to have "very real and honest conversations.”

    Morgan Wallen poses with an award at the CMA Awards

    “They had every right to step on my neck…to not show me any grace, but they did the exact opposite," he said about those meetings. "They offered me grace and also paired that with an offer to learn and grow... That kindness really inspired me to dig deeper on how to do something about this.”

    “This week I heard firsthand some personal stories from Black people that honestly shook me, and I know what I’m going through this week doesn’t compare to some of the trials I heard about from them. I came away…with a clearer understanding of the weight of my words.”

    Morgan Wallen accepts an award during the 2020 CMA Awards in Nashville

    Morgan also claimed to be "nine days sober" following the incident: “It’s not that long of a time, but it’s long enough to know that the man in the video is not the man that I’m trying to be.”

    The musician also sent a straightforward message to his fans and supporters: "Please don't defend me."

    Morgan Wallen at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville

    “Please don’t. I was wrong. It’s on me to take ownership for this and I fully accept any penalties I’m facing. The time of my return is solely on me and the work I put in.”

    Meanwhile, country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell — whose "Cover Me Up" is covered by Wallen on his album — has pledged to donate his royalties from the song to the Nashville chapter of the NAACP.

    So... A portion of this money goes to me, since I wrote ‘Cover Me Up.’ I’ve decided to donate everything I’ve made so far from this album to the Nashville chapter of the @NAACP. Thanks for helping out a good cause, folks.

    Twitter: @JasonIsbell