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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 28, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

So, darko... I'm a bigot because I got angry and said the N word once, yet Bryant uses a word that is a blatant derogatory and inflammatory comment about gays, and he's NOT a gay hater? Are you a hypocrite often? I'm as much a bigot as Bryant is a homophobe. You can't have it both ways. It's one or the other. Take your pick.

As to the gentleman that claims he makes more money than me.. so what? It's a horrible economy. Barely anyone is making any money at this point. Money made isn't a sign of education. Let's look at Michael Irvin, shall we? One of my favorite players of all time, has a college degree (didn't work for it, like most athletes), and is one of the stupidest people on the planet. Pretty rich, too. Does that make him educated? nope. If you want me to utilize a white example of the same, let's look at Matt Moore. How many times has he been busted? He's rich, but he's friggin stupid. Making money doesn't mean educated. It just means lucky.




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Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

yep, uneducated, just like I said. None of you have an active brain cell moving around up there. Call me a racist. I don't really care. It's a word, and it has no effect on me. Call me a cacker, honkey, white bread, gringo, whatever you want... still no effect. Like I'm doing right now, I'll smile and laugh that you're so pathetic. As to my ONE time on this board saying something racially derogatory, when I had a chance to calm down and think rationally, I wished CBS had an edit button so I could change it. Aqib Talib deserved to be called a punk and a thug, and deserves arrest for pistolwhipping someone and shooting at them, but didn't deserve to be called what I called him. Sure, I highly doubt my opinion of him matters to him, but my own sense of self worth means that I know what I said/did was wrong. That's all there is to it.




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Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Fact of the matter is, whether you scrubby idiots want to believe it or not, ALL employers have a code of conduct that their employees are expected to follow. Due to anti-discrimination laws in this country, part of that code of conduct is banning the use of racial, sexual, religious, orientation-related, or any other slurs or insults. Most people in most companies get fired for using them.

Professional athletes, and blacks in particular, get too many concessions. If I were Stern, I'd suspend him for the first round of the playoffs. Let's see how he likes throwing around slurs then. Kobe, and thugs like him, have never been anything but trouble. Give them more money than they're smart enough to work with, and they're still thugs at heart, because that's all they WANT to know. What happened to players like Jordan, or Magic Johnson, or Larry Bird, who never insulted anyone ON THE COURT DURING THEIR WORK HOURS by using such slurs? It was never necessary. They argued their case to the ref, lost, and went to the bench.

I'm going to try to explain where you uneducated mendicants can actually understand. If someone ran down the street of a black neighbhorhood yelling the N word at the top of his lungs, he would be shot. He would be beat up and killed. That's a far worse, harsh punishment than $100,000 when the thug in question has millions more than he should have ever had. I'll bet you that doesn't happen to Kobe, and I hope it doesn't. While I personally dislike him (I refuse to call him a man, since he refuses to act like one), and I don't think he should be allowed in the NBA after raping that chick in colorado (I also think Ben should be tossed out of the NFL), he wouldn't deserve to be beaten and killed for it.

If someone yells the N word, they're a racist. If someone makes a derogatory statement about someone else involving sexual orientation, idiots on here defend them. I had an account banned from here because I got pi$$ed off at an NFL player and called him the N word. Kobe should be banned from the NBA for using his slur. If he's not, it's racist. It's ONLY because he's black, at that point.




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