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*UPDATED* Kobe Bryant Fined $100,000+Apologizes For Hurling Homophobic Slur At Referee

Kobe Bryant has issued a statement apologizing for last night's incident where he let his emotions get the best of him and was seen mouthing the words "f**king f**got" at an NBA referee.  Get the deets inside....

 

*UPDATE* Kobe was fined $100,000 by the NBA commissioner for this incident.

"Kobe Bryant's comment during last night’s game was offensive and inexcusable," NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement. "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."

During a tense moment in last nights Lakers Vs. Spurs game, Kobe Bryant was seen mouthing the word "f**got" towards a referee who charged him with a technical foul. 

He issued a statement earlier today saying,

"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.”

He was forced to respond because the backlash was swift and intense.  The Human Rights Campaign lashed out at Kobe saying it is, "a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching."

In a statement to TMZ they continued:

"Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of such language not only offends millions of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate."

The Lakers front office was also contacted by The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD).  And they're far from happy.  I see ish is gettng REAL right before the playoffs....

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O SO WHAT! JUST BC HE CALLED

O SO WHAT! JUST BC HE CALLED THE REF A FAGGOT? ARE U SERIOUS! I REMEMBER WHEN YOU COULD CALL SOMEONE A FAGGOT AND IT WOULDNT EVEN BOTHER THEM! I THOUGHT A FAGGOT MEANT A BUNDLE OF STICKS IN THE DICTIONARY...IDK KOBE AINT THINKIN ABOUT NO GAY PEOPLE AND IF THE REF IS NOT A 'FAGGOT" THEN WHO CARES!
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The point of it ALL. .

The point of it ALL. . .people don't care when stupid people don't like them. They can't hear the insults from the other side of their town (you know the part that has fast police response, and the good schools) Over the helicopters from under which the stupid live. Let them say the 1 word they can pronouce correctly. Gay people care when people with power and influence don't respect them. They (the gays may have to live next door to such a person) they could care less about the slaves arguing over who can pick the best cotton when no one is getting paid anyway.
MasterMind's picture

Heres what I find funny.

Heres what I find funny. Youcan swear as much as you want, andget no punishment for that. But usethe word faggot and all hellbreaks loose. So where telling our children its okay to swear. Now theres a double standard. and when did the gay community get so much power.
Anonymous's picture

Since they learned to come

Since they learned to come together over something else besides basketball. If black people would come together for ANYTHING else like they do for basketball they'd be dangerous
MasterMind's picture

sucks for him

sucks for him
Anonymous's picture

wake up people! we have kids

wake up people! we have kids staving all over this country, 50 percent of are teens are leaving high school without a diploma, black males aren't graduating from... SHIT! but they're suppose make their way in this F'ed up world! we have much bigger problems than Kobe saying faggot and Bonds taking steriods but that's our focus! i'm actually ashamed of myself that i wasted time commenting on this shit! someone should call me a "stupid time wasting faggot"!
Doublebig5's picture

how is that calling someone

how is that calling someone out their name if the dude aint gay? smfh. i suppose if he called a white ref a n-word, he wont be offended but prolly the ref wud laugh bc he not black by white definition.
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How do you intentionally call

How do you intentionally call someone out their name and on the flipside say you did not mean to offend anyone?
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He intentionally hurled a gay

He intentionally hurled a gay slur at someone who isn't gay. ooook.... *fails to see the big deal
Alrighty Then...'s picture

if that's o.k. then white

if that's o.k. then white people can shout out at "NIGGER"! to other white people when someone makes them mad
MasterMind's picture

Let's see; you can say ass,

Let's see; you can say ass, damn, and bitch on television shows, but Kobe gets fined for calling somebody a FAGGOT?????? GTFOH. America is so fuk'd up.
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I can understand about the

I can understand about the heat of the moment, but when you call someone's name and then make a slur . . . that's totally different.
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what people seem not to get

what people seem not to get in situations like this is there's a difference between saying it when it could be equally interchanged with other equally as offensive slurs simply in the heat and passion of the moment, as games often are AND saying it out of disgust or serious and intent-filled discriminatory ideals. it was a basketball game, right before the playoffs, his team hasn't been playing all that well and he got hit with a foul he took offence to. everything should be considered IN THE CONTEXT OF THE GAME. "golden child" or not, he's freakin human. how many of us mouth off when we've just gone and stubbed our toe or something?? and that hardly involves the passion and emotion of a professional sporting game! of course he was wrong, he knows it. he's not bloody stupid! but come on now, take a step back and judge the situation in light of the evenings events and not as some worldwide proclamation of hatred for the gay and lesbian community!
Anonymous's picture

Kobe clearly didn't literally

Kobe clearly didn't literally mean that he thought the ref was gay. Okay. But that doesn't matter. In the heat of the moment and in frustration, he INTENTIONALLY hurled an offensive verbal assault on the ref. He intended to insult the man. The gay and lesbian community is upset with the fact that in order to offend, Kobe chose to use a gay slur AND in such a public forum. I understand how Kobe was heated and caught up in the emotion of the game. He can say what he wants on the court, but he must deal with the consequences of his action. The $100K fine was fair given the totality of the situation. If Dirk Novitzky yelled you f*cking n*gga, sp*c, "(insert your own derogatory term here)" I doubt you'd be so forgiving.
Anonymousity's picture

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Kobe you are the man!!! You have a beautiful family. You had a minor set back but after all you redeem yourself doing the right thing by making a serious effort to remain married to your beautiful wife that LATINA QUEEN!!!! Three peat LAKERS lets go!!!!!!!
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Mannnn David Stern getting on

Mannnn David Stern getting on my nerves! The NBA players should have a lockout to show WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE! WTF these are grown ass men. He making the NBA softer than these fag's who feeling hurt! Ugh, gay people are getting on my nerves now. They are always on the news complaing about something!! They need to get over themselves. They are not special!! They want to be treated like everyone else, then they are going to have to grow tough skin like everyone else! They try to compare their problems to Blacks yet they can't handle a papercut. [metaphorically speaking]. They wouldn't be able to last a day in Black people shoes. The stuff we complain about on TV is just a tiny percent of what we go through daily & suck up & deal with. SMDH
yooo's picture

hey you are also stupid or

hey you are also stupid or someone that is eat shit just go and fight for your bettles and dont even compaire the color with gay,because anyway you blacks also fight untill today for things that you need to get recoganised first and all you guys knows is complaints about differences but the differences are on your heart and starts from you were you enter on other peoples fight ........
Anonymous's picture

Well if I called someone an

Well if I called someone an "f#ckin f*ggot" on my job, I'd be shown the door. So a $100K fine on Kobe Bryant is nothing really. If all of us could be so lucky.
Anonymousity's picture

you understand that they are

you understand that they are gay black people too alot of them by saying they cant walk aday in black people shoes they are black gay people who that word hurt too
Anonymous's picture

Yeah, I know there is gay

Yeah, I know there is gay Black people. I'm talking about the ignorant gays who constantly compare their "struggle" to those of African Americans. If THOSE gays had to experience the discrimmination that Blacks faced daily, they wouldnt be able to handle it. The gay Blacks that are comparing the 2 struggles, I feel are doing it out of spite.
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Bullshit. Smith just got

Bullshit. Smith just got ejected from the clippers game. And he just said f**k that ni**a. They gonna hit him wit 100Gs!?!?!?
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I think they should have

I think they should have fined him more,$100,000 is nothing to this man. I really believed him acted like a little brat last night, and he needs a time out. But of course not he's the NBA "golden child". I really hope he thinks twice before acting like a brat again
Anonymous's picture

You are so right, $100K to

You are so right, $100K to him is like a $1,000 to us. It's nothing. His apology also shows how clueless he is. He thinks he can say simply that he didn't mean it literally and that's resolves everything. He just doesn't get it, because he's totally self-absorbed. Great basketball players are rarely well-rounded individuals.
Anonymousity's picture

Gay people are too sensitive!

Gay people are too sensitive! how is it that they want everyone to respect them and the right to be gay, but don't respect the rights of those who do not approve or dislike the lifestyle? Just a question!
Anonymous's picture

I know. Ghetto people are too

I know. Ghetto people are too sensitive. How is it that they want everyone to respect them and the right to be ignorant, but don't respect the rights of those who do not approve or dislike the lifestyle? Just a question!
Bronze Duchess's picture

People are so hateful...This

People are so hateful...This blog has changed so much from where it began...the F-word is extremely disrespectful. It just sounds filthy and I don't know how people can fix there mouths to form the word. Certain terms you just don't use. I prefer not to say it and I don't like people to say it in my presence. He should have been fined. And the amount shows just the seriousness of the offense. If the ref called him the N-word, there would have been a new civil rights movement. People boycotting the game...
Shy's picture

So true Shy. Makes me wonder

So true Shy. Makes me wonder about Kobe generally and what kind of slurs he launches at home. Because emotions don't just run high on the court, they MUST occur in other aspects of his life and I think his actions the other night gave us a sprinkling of what he's like around those closest to him. Because you don't just act that way one time and then go back to being a great guy. Every Kobe fan I know talk about how smart and down to earth and humble he is. All I see is a great basketball player with a troubled psyche.
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Don't be SHY, Shy when

Don't be SHY, Shy when speaking logically. The point of it ALL. . .people don't care when stupid people don't like them. They can't hear the insults from the other side of their town (you know the part that has fast police response, and the good schools) Over the helicopters from under which the stupid live. Let them say the 1 word they can pronouce correctly. Gay people care when people with power and influence don't respect them. They (the gays may have to live next door to such a person) they could care less about the slaves arguing over who can pick the best cotton when no one is getting paid anyway.
MasterMind's picture

Don't be SHY, Shy when

Don't be SHY, Shy when speaking logically. The point of it ALL. . .people don't care when stupid people don't like them. They can't hear the insults from the other side of their town (you know the part that has fast police response, and the good schools) Over the helicopters from under which the stupid live. Let them say the 1 word they can pronouce correctly. Gay people care when people with power and influence don't respect them. They (the gays may have to live next door to such a person) they could care less about the slaves arguing over who can pick the best cotton when no one is getting paid anyway.
MasterMind's picture

Here's my opinion : By no

Here's my opinion : By no means what he said right...I don't condone use of derogatory language. But every time someone says queer, homo, nigger, coon, retard...there's someone out there who's gonna cry wolf. If people stop putting so much negative emotions into these words then we wouldn't have this problem. PEOPLE put the negativity connotations into these words, so if everyone would stfu and move on none of this would be an issue. People/communities harp on what they want to harp on to prove a point. Screaming out hail mary's every time someone says a word is not going to get the "respect" or "attention" these minority groups want. It just gets them ignored,bashed, and ridiculed even more. Basically, people need to move on when some "negative" word is used...when you show your weakness the world will forever poke and prod until you break. I'm just saying, simply my opinion, but who knows...I could be wrong. "/
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But when Kobe wears a Laker

But when Kobe wears a Laker uniform, he's representing the team and the league. What he says is a reflection on these organizations, just as what we do every day in our jobs is a reflection on our employers. So gays and lesbian organizations rightfully, stepped directly to the Lakers and the NBA with their concerns and criticisms. And Stern acted appropriately. It's not about "sensitivity", it's about right and wrong. I wouldn't let my child hurl nasty comments at other kids and then tell the parents of those kids to all go grow a thicker skin. I instead tell my child to treat people respectfully because you can't go around saying anything out of your mouth with no consequences. So no people shouldn't just "move on" when a negative offensive sick and perverse slanderous insult is uttered to them, they should demand that ass be kicked. ......LOL
Anonymousity's picture

They should donate the fine

They should donate the fine money to a good charity aimed at the erratication of discrimination
Dbig199's picture

100, 000?!? thats ALOT of

100, 000?!? thats ALOT of damn money to just cough up I don't care how rich you are, these celebrities have bills and stuff too, trust me 100, 000 dollars is alot of money to just hand over for a fine, I think this is a tad too harsh, I would rather be suspended a game
Anonymous's picture

ya'll come on now, ya'll know

ya'll come on now, ya'll know he was callin the ref a damn faggot, thats how you use the term lol all these excuses im readin, please, im not sayin its a big deal or nothin, men use the term and language all the time, but i mean im readin comments on here talkin bout he didn't mean the word faggot, and he meant faggot as in the call was a faggot LOL, and faggot was takin out of context, come on now i know ya'll ain't that naive, some words ain't open to a broad interpretation, and faggot is one of them
Anonymous's picture

and also faggot is like the N

and also faggot is like the N word to gay people they goin to be all over this, remember that actor i believe his name was Iziah Washington, got fired over callin that guy a faggot on the set of a show
Anonymous's picture

i think it got taken too

i think it got taken too far...but that's me. maybe next time he should say "effen bitch"...it'll save the phone call GLAAD gave to the NBA...and the 100k(which is chump change to him) http://www.natoyaebony.com/
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"They" have truly taken this

"They" have truly taken this too far. I think he was saying the call was girlie like, punk ass, it wasn't like he was call the ref a faggot, just his actions.
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Who won the game lastnite? I

Who won the game lastnite? I couldn't stay up any longer to watch it!
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