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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: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 3:12 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes




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Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:05 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

We as a nation have become too soft.  100k, that's more than just about every poster in here, yet I've probably heard this slur 100x while playing rec hockey.  Maybe our country should stop worrying about stuff like this and toughen up a little.  It's rather embarrassing that this even has to be a story.  It seems we are more likely to forgive someone for committing a crime if they plead insanity, moreso then understanding during the heat of the moment a basketball legend lost his temper and regretibly said something of poor taste.  Get over it



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Posted on: April 14, 2011 1:25 am
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Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 1:15 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

Why should a straight man be forced to pay because he disaproves of homosexuality. In my opinion it is bull crap, he has a right to say what ever he wants. The thing is gays say what they do is no one buisness, then why is it continually crammed in the faces of the American public. You want your privacy and rights then give me mine. and shut the hell up. Koibe is not sorry he was told by the NBA to apologize.
ok mr kkk

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


you guys realize that 30 years ago interacial marraige was viewed in the same light (and was infact illegal in some areas)


seriously give me one good example




Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:46 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

toonces you are a trip. The make believe story is not really funny to joke about, but you did do a pretty good job of playing it up and keeping it going. bravo



Since: Mar 14, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:39 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

oh ya i see you took Ninja's advice and added a wife to the story.  im telling you... Bigscreen. bravo bravo



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:38 am
 

Kobe Bryant fined $100K for gay slur, apologizes

 I don't think it's cool what he said, but I'm no hypocrite either.  If I had to pay for the times that something stupid rolled of my tongue, I'd be broke!  Yes it's a sensitive matter, but when you are mad, sometime you don't think before you speak.  He apologized, and that should be the end of it.  Anyone who wants to hold a grudge should take a peak to there own past, and I bet they might remember saying something stupid as well!  In the real world no one cares what you may have said, but for Kobe, that's the price you pay for being famous. 



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