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Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:00 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 9:33 pm
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Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant has been fined $100,000 for a derogatory comment made during a game against the San Antonio Spurs. Posted by Ben Golliver.

On Tuesday night, Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant lost his cool and crossed the line. On Wednesday, he paid for it.

During the second half of a game against the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant argued a technical foul call and, in the process, used a gay slur, apparently in reference to NBA official Bennie Adams, that was caught on national television cameras.

In response to Bryant's actions, NBA commissioner David Stern levied a fine of $100,000 on the Lakers guard and took him to task for his use of the slur, which drew immediate criticism from gay rights groups. 
“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.”
Bryant issued a non-apology apology early Wednesday afternoon, stating: "What I said last night should not be taken literally. 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."

Later Wednesday, TMZ.com reported that Bryant reached out to the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign to apologize directly. An HRC spokesman told the site, "I applaud Kobe Bryant for his swift apology. We had a very sincere conversation in which he expressed his heartfelt regret for the hurt that his words caused.'"

Given the circumstances -- a high-profile superstar, indisputable video evidence, Bryant's confirmation of what he said, the immediate and immense public outcry -- the commissioner really had no choice here. Something had to be done or the NBA would have opened itself up to all sorts of attacks upon its character and integrity. The fact that Bryant avoided a suspension -- given the playoff implications of Wednesday night's game against the Sacramento Kings -- is a silver lining for Lakers fans.

Bryant's 2010-2011 salary is $24.8 million dollars, so a $100,000 fine amounts to roughly one/third of what he makes per game. By the NBA's standards, though, $100,000 represents a fairly significant punishment.  
Here's video of the scene that led up to Bryant's slur as well as the slur itself.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

at least he didnt rape anyone



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 2:47 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

So how bout them playoffs...



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:44 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

I don't think any history month is right. no black history month, no gay history month. Also have to get rid of MLK day because he's a plagiarizing fake who never actually should have received his doctorate. Also, stop "President's Day." Each of those two presidents should have their actual birthdays as national holidays. I speak only truth.



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

As a gesture of liberal faith the state of California passed a law that says gay history must be taught in public schools. I read it today in the Detroit Free Press. Amazing! God and prayer have been banned in public schools because a few liberals found it "offensive." Millions of people find homosexuality offensive and still minority rules. The constittution is dead in this country. It is an outrage that kids must be forced to learn about gay history in school. California is one sick state. Sexual preference is one thing but to jam it down peoples throats that don't believe in it is just wrong. Are you liberal CBS administrators going to delete this post because it doesn't agree with your views??????????????



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:33 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

$100Ks, you have to be joking,  As a black man I understant words can hurt and there are some that should not be sponken. I donot approve of what he said,  however to fine someone $100Ks for saying something in the heat of a game is to me over the top. Had it been after the game during a post game interview it woild have been different, but in the heat of a game----come on MAN!!!



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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

If your brain cannot distinguish the difference between a group of people who were enslaved for hundreds of years being called a derogatory name to make them feel inferior and name-calling a sexually perverse group of people, then you should get a refund on whatever you spent on your unused education!




Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:46 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

I thought Rudy Gay was out for the year?



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