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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.

Comments

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 9:01 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

100K.....Or the equivelant of a $200 fine for someone who makes $50,000 a year...gimme a break, he spent 5 million dollars on a ring to gloss over his wife's eye's concerning a rape/affair..... He's a whiney, fake snarling, elbow throwing little prima donna with amazing God given talent....how sad it were him instead of somebody we could all rally around....Love you Bill Walton

Peas and Love




Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

Such a joke. The word is never going away. Deal with it.

Political correctness is designed to train us how to think and take away our individuality and the ability to see the world through reason and common sense.



Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:55 pm
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Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:54 pm
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Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:38 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

I am so sick of the term homophobic.  I get offended if someone calls me homophobic because i am not afraid of gay people.  I dont agree with it, but that doesnt make me afarid of it.  If i make a comment that slur's gays, it is a gay slur.  If i were to make a comment that was a slur against homphobic people, only then is it  homophobic slur.  But seriously this is going way too overboard



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

I hate kobe's arrogant attitude, the fact he bought his way out of going to jail for rape and then bought his wife a giant ring as an "I'm sorry baby" gift may have something to do w/ it. He may be a great player, but a man w/ no morals or character is worthless. Can't wait til he retires



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:36 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

nice...very well stated and appreciated...maybe cbssports.com can learn from the other media outlets on professional journalism...haven't seen much here lately...



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

100K is what to him? 10 cents to the rest of us maybe



Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

R U kidding me...maybe u make millions and can say whatever u want, but to say Kobe is the victim is to say u r the person who stabbed him...


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