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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
 
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: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:36 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

you are so full of it toonces.  earlier you said you found him in the room now you say he did it in front of you. tisk tisk what the heck are you on? that must be the good stuff cuz you are wayyyyyy gone.


Sir Toonces
Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:32 am
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Sir Toonces
Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:29 am
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Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:12 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

If I got fined everytime I used a derogatory term, I'd be about a trillion dollars in debt. These groups that get so easily butt-hurt are driving me crazy.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Why should a straight man be forced to pay because he disaproves of homosexuality. In my opinion it is bull crap, he has a right to say what ever he wants. The thing is gays say what they do is no one buisness, then why is it continually crammed in the faces of the American public. You want your privacy and rights then give me mine. and shut the hell up. Koibe is not sorry he was told by the NBA to apologize.



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

take your "real life" story to a therapist.  Ninja  don't mind toonces . so far out there toonces can't tell which is real and fictional anymore.  but you know what this story might just do well on the big screen.   dad has son who took ballet and other kids teased him until he couldn't take it anymore so he asked his 10 yr old friend Sally to steal her dads gun so Timmy can use it on the kids teasing him only to find out that Timmy was going to blow his brains out.  now Timmy's father sir toonces devotes his life to fight gay sluring people on the cbssports message board in the name of Timmy.  bravo bravo.




Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:38 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

I'm out, Toonce have a nice life, you should bring a wife character into the story. Sally a mormon! LOL.

You are a sick person, get help.


Sir Toonces
Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:33 pm
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Sir Toonces
Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:30 pm
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Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes


So your friend Sally stole her dads gun so you can use it on the kids at school?  That sounds like a better idea.  where the heck are you from.  so i know to stay away from crazy town.


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