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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: May 12, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:12 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

The apology should be to Bennie Adams...yes.  But it should be publicly, just like the slur that he tossed out on national tv.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:06 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

wow...100K   a bit excessive   




Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:58 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

We do have free speech, but you can't just go around saying whatever you like. If you were to call someone that name at your work place, you would not be fined, you would be fired. 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? It's not about being politically correct, it's about having respect, and clearly you have none.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:38 am
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Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:38 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:33 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

he got fined 100k?? that's gay



Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:26 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Mmm for you who say they are just words. What if someone called Kobe a nappy headed N*****. These are just words. No difference. They are mean and hateful. 100K isnt enough suspension is in order.



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:23 am
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Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:11 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Does anyone believe that charlie V was going to kill Hollis? Heck no, so why the heavier punishment? Was it because he made an entertaining spectacle out of the incident? Was it because he made the arena security work a little harder than usual? David Stern is a douche bag with ties to the mafia... He can't have the darling DIVA of the league trying harder to make it to the NBA showcase game.
Suspension plus a fine was the correct action to take. 100,000 dollar fine to a multi-million dollar player is just laughable.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:04 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

What people don't get is Bryant's fine was nothing more than a token by Stern to appease a certain segment of society.

NBA basketball is a street game. Kobe reacted accordingly. Stern knows that. That's why Bryant's was fined only $100k. 

To most people $100k is a huge amount of money but for Bryant it's chump change - less than what he makes for a half of a basketball game.

So for those that feel Bryant's fine is too much or not enough, it's really meaningless to even argue about.


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