ABC News has suspended correspondent Matt Gutman after he speculated live on-air that all four of Kobe Bryant's daughters were on board the helicopter that crashed and killed the NBA legend on Sunday.
Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was on board the crash, which occurred in Calabasas. But instead of waiting to confirm the number of passengers and who was on board the flight, Gutman, the chief national correspondent for ABC News, said all of Bryant's children were onboard.
"Reporting the facts accurately is the cornerstone of our journalism," an ABC News representative said in a statement to The Times confirming Gutman's suspension. "As he acknowledged on Sunday, Matt Gutman's initial reporting was not accurate and failed to meet our editorial standards."
Gutman released a tweet on Sunday, apologizing for his error.
"We are in the business of holding people accountable," Gutman said in a separate apology to The Time. "And I hold myself accountable for a terrible mistake, which I deeply regret. I want to personally apologize to the Bryant family for this wrenching loss and any additional anguish my report caused."