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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, 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.


Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:52 pm

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

If it was anyone else they would have received a game or more ban.
Bull -- if this was anyone else, or any other word, there would be no suspension and the fine would have been more like $10,000 to $25,000. They hammered Kobe on this one, my guess is the fine gets reduced on appeal.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:40 pm

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

People need to remember a couple of truths in todays world. First, the media is 100% ultra liberal and that's why some peoples posts are getting deleted or altered. CBS is no different than any other media. If there is something they don''t like the people to know they won't report it. If something airs that they don't like it is removed. Second, the judicial system is 100% ultra liberal and that's why there is a systematic assault on constitutional rights by these liberals. For example. An entire state votes against gay this or that and all a liberal judge has to do is override the majority and it stands. Just about every state in the country voted against gay marriage and look how many "liberal" judges have overturned it. The liberals have a personal agenda and it includes total control. A systematic assault on our rights as Americans. Our freedoms as Americans. And our liberties as Americans and we are leeting these evil bastards get away with it.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:17 pm

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

At this rate, I wonder how long the United Ststes will be considered a super power! No one has any backbone anymore. Everything you say can and will be held against you by someone in society!! Everyone is offeneded by everything unless it coincides with their viewpoint. If it doesn't, they will either sue you or try to draw their 15 minutes of fame in which the media is always eager to oblige. Wake up America and grow a freaking spine!!! Sticks and stones....remember? You cannot cry for freedom of speech when you try to suppress or punish others every time you disagree with them. It's called being a hypocrite. People are not perfect. Some don't care what others think and some care to much. Some people are too nice and some are just plain assholes. ( hope I offended some assholes out their by using their character trait as a slur ). The one thing a majority of our population has in common is that they are WWWAAAAYYY to sensitive and have too much free time to waste. Instead of improving their own lives, they would rather spend it trying to destroy someone elses. None of these people would have a good time at my house- they would probably be made to feel pretty uncomfortable. Oh by the way I will not watch another NBA game this season because of this REDICULOUS fine!!

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:00 pm

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

If it was anyone else they would have received a game or more ban. But being this is the Lakers and Kobe and the play-offs are starting then they go with a fine. Such B/ come the NBA doesn't have a personal conduct policy or do they only have one when it suits them?

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:00 pm

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

And I find it funny that you say you don't want to see 2 men kissing on TV, bet you have no problem seeing 2 women do you?

Actually, I have no desire whatsoever to see two women kissing in any situation. I don't know who decided that was attractive. It's not.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:56 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

<strong>give me ONE good example of how what gay and lesbian folk (like my brother and uncle) do that gets shoved down the mainstream medias throught</strong> <br /> <br /> Did you sleep through the Proposition 8 case? Gays are trying to shove acceptance down the nation's throat and the activists have shown they don't care about the other laws in this country to accomplish that. After it was voted on, activists asked the California Supreme Court to overturn it, despite the fact that the California Supreme Court has no constitutional power to overturn an amendment to the California Constitution. Had their request been granted, American democracy would have been dissolved overnight because if a judge could overrule the very thing governing them, America would be transformed into an oligarchy where the Supreme Court ran everything.<br /> <br /> That's one shining example. It is hardly alone.<br />

Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:48 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

come on seriously 100k because TNT caught him saying something on camera? this is retarded. he wouldnt have gotten fined anything if there were no cameras on his face good job nba

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:44 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Ah Censorship by the Post Administrator.  Did you remove all the posts that didn't agree with the Homosexual agenda?  You know the ones who thought this whole issue is ridiculous? 

Wow CBS - way to go.  I guess we all know who's in charge there. 

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:41 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Did I hit a nerve? 

You're right I would be fired if I called someone that name at work - or any name for that matter.  But I work in an office - not out where I am physically competing with another person, in physical confrontations every minute of my work day.  You obviously have never played any sports - it's a pretty normal thing when tempers flare to say things that you wouldn't normally say.  You can't compare Kobe's workplace with that of the normal person - no where near the same venue.  

I don't condone what Kobe did - He doesn't show any respect for anyone on the court, the refs, his opponents, or even his own teammates.  Would you be upset or defending his fine if he had said - "God D*** Jacka**"    NO I bet you (and the political correctness police) would be upset - it's ok to use God's name in vain.  

I don't want to watch 2 women or men kissing on TV - I don't want my kids exposed to that at their age.  If someone wants to see that they can rent that kind of movie.  I have no problem with people who want to watch that or people who want to be that way.  Just don't put it on tv during times when kids are watching.  You say it's about having respect - OK then why does so many programs now have to try to put out "their" morals or values on to my kids?  Where's the respect from them? 

Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:40 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

plus a fagget is a oile of wood

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