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Kobe Bryant fined $100,000 over anti-gay slur

Posted by on Apr. 13, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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(CNN) -- The National Basketball Association fined Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers $100,000 on Wednesday for "offensive and inexcusable" comments he made during Tuesday night's game, the league said in a statement.

Bryant himself apologized for the incident, in which he used an expletive and an anti-gay slur directed at a referee after receiving a technical foul in a game against the San Antonio Spurs.

"What I said last night should not be taken literally," Bryant said in a statement Wednesday. "My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do not reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were not meant to offend anyone."

But, said NBA Commissioner David Stern in a statement, "Kobe Bryant's comment during last night's game was offensive and inexcusable. While I'm fully aware that basketball is an emotional game, such a distasteful term should never be tolerated. Accordingly, I have fined Kobe $100,000. Kobe and everyone associated with the NBA know that insensitive or derogatory comments are not acceptable and have no place in our game or society."

The Human Rights Campaign said in a statement it welcomed the fine, noting that while Bryant said the comment did not reflect his feelings toward gays and lesbians, he did not apologize or take responsibility for the slur.

"We applaud Commissioner Stern and the NBA for not only fining Bryant but for recognizing that slurs and derogatory comments have no place on the basketball court or in society at large," said Joe Solomonese, Human Rights Campaign president. "We hope such swift and decisive action will send a strong and universal message that this kind of hateful outburst is simply inexcusable no matter what the context."

Earlier, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation condemned Bryant's remarks.

"Discriminatory slurs have no place on or off the court," said Jarrett Barrios, president of the organization. "Professional sports players need to set a better example for young people who use words like this on the playground and in our schools, creating a climate of intolerance and hostility. The L.A. Lakers have a responsibility to educate their fans about why this word is unacceptable."

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Wyldbutterfly
by Snow Bunny on Apr. 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

 Well, I understand why the gay and lesbian community would be upset. I guess he learned a lesson.

AJW914
by Member on Apr. 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM
He's so arrogant.
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cclpmom
by Bronze Member on Apr. 14, 2011 at 1:38 AM

 I missed it ..what did he say exacty?? 

powow65
by Kim on Apr. 14, 2011 at 7:19 AM
lmfao! I thought it said "Kim bryan" b/c i saw a K & braynt (sometimes people goof up my last name.) lol.
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