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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 22, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:54 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

since this country is so liberal now
What country are you living in?  You're not too bright, like most conservatives.  Blame the NBA for putting its players in a position where their remarks will be heard.  Stern is gay also, so that likely bothered him.



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:45 am
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Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:40 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

A slur of any kind directed at an official should get him fined.  True if he had just called him a "mother F----" then the fine would not be as big.  Only one that should have been offended is the individual it was made to-THE OFFICIAL.  So if anything said can be inferred as offensive the players would have to stop praising God in interviews because not everyone believes and can't have kids thinking that to be a great athlete you must believe in God.  That is a bit extreme but you all get the idea.  On the other hand the NBA owns the WNBA so Kobe may have offended some of those players, fans, and sponsors. 



Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:38 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

This is a bad precendent and just another instance in which people are caving into the demands of homosexual interests groups.  The NBA should have told them to go pound sand rather than hit Bryant with a hefty fine.  No fine should have been given unless the ref saw fit to hit him with a second T and an ejection for unsportsmanlike behavior (which he probably should have received).  I am not condoning bad behavior and vulgarity, I am only opposing the motivation behind the reason for the NBA's issuing of a fine.  Fothead is right; there is a huge double-standard where people can take the Lord's name in vain and utter insults at Christians without any consequence, but any hint  of anti-gay or anti-Muslim language is met with a harsh response.  We now have a society in which speech is far too controlled by interests groups and organizations that police political correctness and what they deem to be acceptable attitudes. 



Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:36 am
 

Kobe Bryant: Shut-up. Pay the fine. Move on.

Apologize to Bennie Adams personally, privately.  One-on-one and show contrition.  That's that.  



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:34 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

I do think it is funny that Stern didn't care that he used a worse F-word that we wouldn't want our kids saying right before he used the F-word that homosexuals don't like.



Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:32 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

for all we know Kobe didn't even say it out loud, since you can't hear him on the video! Laughing

nighthawk, if you want examples of gayness all over the place in the mainstream, how about the fact that every movie and TV show has the "happy gay couple" who has it all together, and are more intelligent, better parents than the rest of the population. If you don't approve of the homosexual lifestyle and don't want your kids to be constantly bombarded with gay propaganda, good luck finding a movie or tv show to watch.

Don't be mad and totally ignorant of the fact that homosexuality is all over the mainstream media (aka crammed down our throats) just because your family members are gay. This article was even "one example" of it being shoved down our throats. If he had called a white ref "Cracker" this wouldn't even be an issue.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:30 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Way to bend over to the will of a group of douchebags, Stern. By that, I am not talking about the gay community in general but only those who are so anal that they are bitching and moaning like he just strangled a baby while drawing swastikas on a bloody cross.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:22 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

This is pretty ridiculous since the word is offensive to just a few polarizing individuals in society.  On the other hand, had Kobe dropped the real F-bomb, which is offensive to many more people, he probably wouldn't have been fined at all.  Stern is an idiot.
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Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:17 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Sad to now read the posts from others. 
Let's keep ths simple...

You should not call a referee, or ANY other official on the field/court, a name outside of his/her title... PERIOD!  When your jersey outsells all others, and kids look up to you, you should have even MORE tact on the field of play and off.

Those of you who want to forgive this offense truly must not have ever played and thought about what an official means to the game.

For the intolerant ones who say our world is "messed up" or "wrong" truly need to get help.  Why must we call anyone a name based on someone else's choice in life or skin color or lmitation?!  You people need to check yourselves! 

It is not cool to make others feel bad for who they are and what they choose to do with their lives. 


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