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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: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

LOL!!! that was a good one, celtic fans haha




Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

This is what happens when you throw a temper tantrum. Kobe always has been, and always will be a little child. After what he got away with in Colorado, he's certainly due for his share of misfortune. I'm sure he'll be suffering more in the future. Boy-oh-boy, is it great being a Celtics' fan!



sdpride2
Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:19 pm
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Sir Toonces
Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:16 pm
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Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

you're g**, that's for sure.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

Sometimes I feel like that minorities think that the world revolves around them. They can say anything they want about themselves and people in the majority, but God forbid that someone in the majority makes fun of them.




Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:12 pm
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Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

That is ridiculous...calling a non-gay person a gay slur costs 100K...what has the world come to?  What happens if he calls someone an a$$hole...I guess all of the a$$holes in the world (Celtic fans) will get offended and people will have to start paying fines.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur

I live down the street from West Hollywood.  I am not anti gay by no means but cmon 100k? thats bull


miamivice82
Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 6:03 pm
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