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GLAAD applauds NBA's decision to fine Kobe Bryant $100,000 for anti-gay slur

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Hours after publicly calling for the NBA to take what it called appropriate disciplinary action, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, praised the NBA for fining Lakers guard Kobe Bryant $100,000 for his use of a homophobic slur in Tuesday's game against San Antonio.

“The NBA has sent a clear message to sports fans everywhere that anti-gay slurs have no place in the game,” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios in a statement. “When such a prolific cultural institution like the NBA speaks out against hateful words, we are reminded that fair-minded Americans are siding with equality for all. This decision will serve as an important precedent that will help ensure a safer, more inclusive environment for fans and players everywhere, and we look forward to continuing our dialogue with the NBA.”

GLAAD had also reached out to the Lakers, a conversation team spokesman John Black confirmed in an e-mail, saying, “I had a good and productive conversation earlier today with an executive of GLAAD, in which we agreed that certain words can be interpreted in a hurtful and offensive manner. “I assured him that Kobe didn’t mean his words in that way, and he seemed appreciative and satisfied with the statement that Kobe issued. Beyond that, I prefer to keep our conversation private.”

GLAAD in the past has worked with the New York Yankees and World Wrestling Entertainment to address homophobia issues in sports, such as prohibiting anti-gay taunts at games. It remains unclear if the Lakers will partake in similar initiatives, but Bryant said today on 710 ESPN's Mason and Ireland show that he plans to meet with the group.

“I will be saying something,” Bryant said. “I plan on talking to them. Out of this, I believe it's our responsibility as athletes and those in the spotlight to bring awareness of these issues. It's coming from a negative light, but it's our responsibility to make it into a positive and raise awareness as much as we can and say it's not OK to insult or discriminate. It's not the right thing to do. I will say something to them and talk about doing things to help prohibit hate crimes and violence. It's important to do that.”

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Photo: Lakers' Kobe Bryant and teammates during the singing of the National Anthem before the game against the San Antonio Spurs April 13, 2011. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

 
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Like Kobe's the only person who said something like those words. I've heard Kevin Garnett, among a plethora of other players, hurl nonsense too.

hmmmm, is glaad trying to break gloria allred's record for most statements released in a day?

#moveon

so kobe said this directly to the Ref?

How stupid is that, no wonder he gets no calls.

Really? It's just a word for crying out loud. If people didn't get their pretty little panties in a twist over such inane things, the world would be a better place. Grow-up people. It's just a word. It only means something if you let it.

I'm glad too that Glaad was glad with the outcome. Kobe paid gladly for the bribe, can we now move on?


@PDXCHARLIE & LAKER TRUTH … Thanks for bringing some sanity to this subtly homophobic discussion of Kobe’s verbal blunder. Both of you zoomed in on the heart of the matter. And I give Kobe credit for saying he was going to do something proactive to show his sincerity rather than some ridiculous mea culpa for crimes he didn’t commit. I have dear gay friends and two gay nephews that I love with all my heart but I have at time used the words Kobe uttered in anger. It’s a remnant of my youth for sure. Hopefully, less for those of you who are younger. Kobe screwed up and owned up.

There was an excellent discussion of this by Ray Ratto on local talk radio this afternoon. His take is that the fine was ridiculous because it was only levied in response to public opinion pressure. The same phrase and worse have probably been uttered over and over through the years. What should have come out of this situation should have been a campaign to teach the players how disrespectful and hurtful that phrase is to gay and lesbians to stop it from being part of the smack being used. I thought he was dead right. It really is sort of hypocritical to fine Kobe so much. Purely for show.

I hope that the Lakers bloggers who have thought this entire issue was overblown will take what Kobe has said and what he plans to do to heart. The words are extremely hurtful and for those against whom they weren’t aimed to claim otherwise is sad. I you believe in and trust Kobe, then follow the lead he has taken and eliminate the phrase from your own personal dictionary and understand how tolerating hateful and hurtful language can lead to tolerating and even encouraging hate crimes.
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TOM


Absolutely ridiculous.

FATTY!!!! PUDDLE!!!!!! Glad to see you guys back.

This whole thing is ridiculous. That's all I have to say about that. (Well - maybe not).

Darth Stern is pure evil and must be destroyed. Hey ya moron (can I say that?) how about you control your freaking referees??? Then maybe you wouldn't have such a problem with the players getting pissed off and saying stuff. And while I'm asking questions here - what the hell happens to the $100K??? Does Stern get a new hacienda in Costa Rica or something?? Oop - is that PC? Is saying "hacienda" implying some negative connotation to Spanish-speaking people? Is referencing Costa Rica going to have those in Mexico or some other beautiful place where they have haciendas feeling insulted somehow? I can't keep up with the PC stuff....

And while we're at it - what the hell??? Is this topic REALLY worth 5 or 6 threads today?? Really?? COME ON LA TIMES. There are so many more pertinent and relevant things to talk about. This is a BASKETBALL blog after all.... isn't it? God I'm so confused....

In other news, Khloe and Lamar aired on Sunday. I watched it and found it very interesting. I learned a lot about what makes Lamar tick. I like him a lot more now, and it was already a lot LOL!

And finally - my surgery went well. I'm walking around but still can't bend the knee very much. I need to get a handle on what Matty and Drew and Kobe do/did for their rehab. I want access to this information!!! I need to get my hops back ASAP.

Oh - one more thing - it's game day baby. Let's hope the guys come out spitting venom and firing on all cylinders. Or something like that....

GO LAKERS!!!

....So is the ref actually gay???What's his take on this,since it was directed towards him,and the camera crew and tnt just ran with it.I mean people compare it to calling a black person the n word,but is the ref actually gay??I watched the game,and I'm sure some of the people up in arms didn't.Heck a few posts generated 100's of posts(which this site hasn't seen in a while)so of course mission accomplished.Those camera guys remind me of those cops who ran with what Kobe told them when he said he shoulda done like shaq.....

Hey everyone,

When NBA players are levied fines, all the money eventually goes to charity. The NBA Players' Association receives and donates half the money and the NBA receives and donates the other half to charities the players' association has approved. So, it appears to get spread among many organizations who put the money to good use.

Here's a link for the entire story:

http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2011/04/what-happens-to-kobe-bryants-100000-fine-.html

Enjoy the postseason.

justanothermambafan, it is very good to see you on the blog again!

You take care of that knee, we need you jumpimg and kicking and whatever else you do during the playoffs.

And I agree, the LA Times has over done this a bit. But its there job to make money any way they can, even at the expense of others. I can't complain too much. MM, let me back after all those things I said about his odd foot fetish.

With ya, to the playoffs and beyond! - Fatty

Hugo Boss, greetings and salutations from Arizona!

Where they still worship the Suns. But now only on every other Sunday and holidays.

I'm So Glaad

Never heard of Glaad organization b4. Who gives a heck what they applaud. I'm glaad when the Lakers win. I'm glaad when they win championships.

I understand where GLAAD is coming from its a word that should not be used. If a white player called a black ref the N-word that would be offensive to black people even if it was said out of frustration. Words hurts I'm glad to see the NBA taking a stand and not taking the situation lightly.

this is not right. kobe has the right to say anything that he wants to. this is clearly restricting his freedom of speech right.

Umm hello people you're up in arms about free speech? When it suits you, you run with the free speech deal huh? You think what Kobe said is not used by gay folks? I'm sure that's bedroom talk to them, wonder if Kobe called him a heterophobe does someone get fined? No, it's not even a word in Webster. They can make words up but when it doesn't suit them they don't use it. You heterophobes get over your high horses you don't deserve jack. That money should be donated to a shelter like the aspca.

WELL U CALLem LIKE U Cem! It is what it is! 100,000.00 which sponser will "PAY IT"?

WELL U CALLem LIKE U Cem! It is what it is! 100,000.00 which sponser will "PAY IT"?

It is what it is! 100,000.00? It's not comin out of his pocket, uno his sponsers gonna pay it. no big deal. LIKE HE AINT NEVER HEARD IT B4!

{Rolls eyes}

What a bunch of Justin Biebers.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

I suppose if someone else was frustrated and said the "n" word during the heat of the game, Kobe would have understood. Right?

Kobe hasn’t been the first person to use the word and he won't be the last. So GLAAD, do not be hypocrites and let these people slide.

Kenyon Martin:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jgxlPfSr-0&feature=youtu.be

Kevin Garnett:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1suVaSql5s

Michael Jordan:
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jackson/050505&num=0
“Flaming … ” That was the first word. One of life’s other “f” words followed. It came in succession. It came from Michael Jordan’s mouth. The words never reached Kwame Brown’s ears, they went straight to his heart.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_online/news/2003/05/06/sc/

“As a leader Jordan proved more tormentor than mentor. Many Washington players got the business end of a Jordan harangue, but he designated second-year forward Kwame Brown as the whipping boy, referring to him, as reported by The Washington Post, as a “flaming faggot.” A source told SI that Jordan ritually reduced Brown to tears in front of the team. Brown, whom Jordan took with the first pick in the 2001 draft, showed flashes of brilliance, but his confidence was lacerated by a player who was once his idol. “Michael was tough,” Wizards assistant John Bach tells SI. “But that’s just who he is, attempting to make [his teammates] better. “

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound?

Undoubtedly, in my opinion, what Kobe said was in very poor taste and can be considered very offensive to the vast majority of people that heard about it. But, I'm guessing that the man he was directing the remark at, referee Bennie Adams, never heard the remark because Kobe did not say it loud enough for him to hear.

If Adams had heard what Kobe said, undoubtedly, he would have given Kobe a 2nd technical which would have resulted in Kobe's ejection from the Spurs' game and a one game suspension for the Kings' game. This became a hot button topic because the TNT camera caught Kobe in a vulnerable, foolish and regrettable moment.

Bennie Adams called two fouls on Kobe Bryant before he called a technical fouls, correct.
This problem is created by David Stern and his organization which gave all this power to untrained Refs', if the you think about it more technical fouls was called this season than any other season in the new era of Baskerball. You also have the HOTSHOT REFS., that if you wave or clapp your hands,throw the ball, talk or curse your self, you will get a technical fouls. MY question is what a technical foul?, David Stern need to define what that is to the REFS', and most of all to the FANS like me.
I know Kobe said the F*** word, but to find someone for something that "APPEARS" to be a SLUR, is just wrong and i'm Kobe Bryant decided to appealed it.

It's not appropriate what Kobe said. It's tough to put a $100,000 fine in perspective when someone makes $24.6 Million per year. So let's say if you did something like this at work, you would likely be fired right. Guess that doesn't apply in the NBA. What do they do instead. Fine their players

Let's put this into perspective...Not many people make $200,000 per year. But if you did and you got a fine for doing something at work that wasn't appropriate could you handle four-tenths of one percent of your salary. With a $200,000 salary you would be fined $813.00. At $24.6 million I think Kobe can afford it.

Perhaps instead of this they should send a real message to players when they do something inappropriate like Kobe and fine them a tenth or a quarter of their salary. What are these guys going to do go play football or baseball? No, but it would send the appropriate message. He has apologized to the groups he insulted, now he should apologize to all those kids who look up to him.

wow... so now using the first amendment costs 100k... like others said before, get your panties out of a bunch. pretty soon calling someone a douche will cost you... soon enough no one will want to communicate for in fear of bankruptcy... and then we end up back in the dark ages... can't wait

sticks and stones you whiny little

wouldnt let me post but insult any offensive comment at the end

I can understand that even seeing the term mouthed on TV can be offensive to some, and those in the public eye need to be careful. Nonetheless, it was spoken in anger, and, although I'm no Kobe fan, I don't seriously think for one moment that he thought the ref was gay. Has the term become a matter of speech - yes. Should it be used - NO. HOWEVER, my bigger concern here is the systematic erosion of one of the pillars of our society - freedom of speech. Any group that desires to see the elimination of a word that is offensive to them and succeeds today due to the present day malaise of hyper political correctness this country suffers from may see the elimination of a word they need that is offensive to another group tomorrow, when the societal winds of change blow in another direction. It is a slippery slope that we have seen repeated too often in human history. Accommodation becomes pacification, and then pacification becomes appeasement, and then before you know it, you have fascism. Remember, no matter how dearly you hold to what you believe to be true as also being right, those in opposition to your views feel just as strong that they are right, too. Pick your battles carefully.


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