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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: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:16 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Lets see how politicaly correct our cbs sports page is. I dont have 100k either but here it goes. Stern is the biggest fag of them all. This homo can fine 100k which means nothing to the player with this kind of dough. The appropriate fine should be not playing in the next 2 games. Where the "politically correct swearword" actually hurts the person(team)in question. But NO this fricken gaywad Stern gets his rocks off on owners paying him to lay down and take it like a girl. Stern wears pumps

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:11 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

This is a good thing.  No, it is not a good term to use... unless you are British and need a smoke.  This word, retard(ed), frickin, and other morphed words are used daily on the playgrounds of America.  When Kobe uses it, it gives him and all the other kids who look up to him, license to use the hurtful word.  Why must this be a negatively used word?
Why cant a multi-bazillionaire like Bryant show some class and discipline?  Wasn't he the same guy who is unable to stay faithful to his wife?  OR, here the word NO from a woman.

Kobe's play is to shoot EVERYTHING  ALL THE TIME...  Kobe's off court indiscretions have been forgiven and for many forgotten.  He is not a team player on or off the court.  But when you make this kind of statement ON THE COURT, DURING THE GAME....  TO AN OFFICIAL?!  Please...

The fine was too light.  This should have been games missed.  $100k....  please!

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:08 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:07 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

I think this is one of the most rediculous things I've ever heard.  If gays are comfortable with their lifestyles, why should they care what words others use?  If they are uncomfortable with that, then dont practice homosexuality.  Why should the entire world have to accomodate the choices of a portion of the population?  Makes no sense.  Yet it's ok to use Jesus' name in vein anywhere you want.  Happens all the time during sporting events.  On TV.  I've heard it many times.  Thats the worst part of all of this is the selective enforcement.  Racial slurs- no good.  Gay slurs- no good.  Anti-semetic language- no good.  Anti-Muslim language- fear for your life and no good.  Anti-Christian- Perfectly ok, considered humerous in many circles and that goes on perfectly fine and only gets worse.  A sign of the times, our world is screwed.   

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:56 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Yeah I mean I don't hang out in bald bars or live on the bald side of town. 

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:43 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

I agree with most of the posters that using the F-word for gays should be criticized but not fined. But I also feel the same way if someone uses the N-word to refer to blacks. Such character flaws should be mocked, not fined. But most of you miss the point. It's not the word, it's the tone of voice and the context. If I refer to a Jew as a Jew in pleasant conversation that is different from calling someone who just cheated me a Jew. In one case you are making a comment and in the other case you are claiming that the group is somehow a bad thing. Too many people are hypocritical about this and want political correctness only when it comes to groups in which they belong. Personally, I don't like anyone using "bald" in a negative way.

Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:41 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:40 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

What a world we live in.  All the disgusting things people actually DO to each other every day, yet something someone SAYS (& we only know about because it was caught on camera) gets infinitely more attention that 99.9% of those horrible acts.  The world needs gutted & I can only hope it starts with the shameful and guilt-tripping establishment that is political correctness.

Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:35 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Yes most of America thinks gay and lesbian groups are a joke, but while you whine and cry about how poorly you're treated and how you're discriminated against, know that it's largely because of the fact that you wine and cry so much about how poorly you're treated
So you speak for most of Ameica now, rustynail? 

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:08 am

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

clink1 that was a great reply!!!! LOL

$100K for that is just ridiculous.. So what if he said it... I guess the NBA is worried about the backlash from the gay community... It is what is... He said it, because thats how he felt at that moment... I've said worse in the heat of competition so I'm not going to criticize Kobe at all...

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