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Kobe Bryant says his anti-gay slur 'should not be taken literally'

Kobespurs Lakers guard Kobe Bryant responded Wednesday to mounting criticism regarding his use of a homophobic slur in Tuesday's game against San Antonio.

"What I said last night should not be taken literally," Bryant said in a statement. "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."

Bryant was irritated after receiving his 15th technical foul of the season and yelled out at referee Bennie Adams.

The TNT telecast captured Bryant's outburst during the Lakers' 102-93 victory. He pounded his seat on the bench before sitting, threw a towel and then yelled "Bennie!" before appearing to mutter the homophobic slur. TNT announcer Steve Kerr said on the air, "You might want to take the cameras off of him right now, for the children watching from home."

Bryant was criticized by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization.

"What a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching," the HRC said in a statement. "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 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. Bryant and the Lakers have a responsibility to speak up on this issue immediately. America is watching.”

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, also issued a statement after Bryant's comment.

“Discriminatory slurs have no place on or off the court,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Professional sports players need to set a better example for young people who use words like this on the playground and in our schools, creating a climate of intolerance and hostility.”

Bryant's outburst is also being reviewed by the NBA and could draw a fine.

If Bryant picks up a 16th technical foul Wednesday night in the Lakers' regular-season finale against Sacramento, he will be suspended for the Lakers' opener next season.

--Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Kobe Bryant talks to referee Bennie Adams after getting a technical foul in Tuesday's Lakers game against the Spurs. Credit: Reuters / Lucy Nicholson.

 
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I think it's very safe to take Bryan't word on the use of the "word." Can we all get back to basketball now? A 3-peat has been seriously compromised here. The news everyone is really waiting for are the results from Andrew's MRI. Let's hope we get the truth.

so sick of this crap. Gays are just as prejudiced as anyone.

I would also like to hear about Barnes injury. Is he having an MRI, excuse me, 'picture' of his knee today?

Dear HRC, Get over yourselves.

How can you possibly say words like that, even used one-on-one, are not meant to offend someone?

As an aside, why do players and coaches throw these little tantrums? Has a ref or umpire in ANY sport ever reversed a call based on such childishness? I know I know, they think they're trying to influence the NEXT call - but if I'm a ref, probably unconsciously my anger over the tantrum ain't gonna be so good for the tantrum-thrower next time a call is made.

I'm a long time Laker fan...Kobe Bryant...not so much. After all this time he still needs to grow up.

Bynum status in more important than Kobe's bench utterances.

Using a slur is one thing. Losing your temper is another. And yelling a slur at a REF is yet another. Not good for your repaired image Kobe.

Here's a tweet from Andrew Bynum: "Thanks for all the love and support! I'm feeling better then expected, getting therapy now. I will check back in once I get the results!"


Thank you, Kobe. Now let’s hear some good news about Drew’s MRI. And it looks like iheartkb24 and I will be going to Game 1 at Staples after all. Hoping and praying Drew will be able to play.
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TOM

I'm a gay guy and sometimes I say the word out of frustration, particularly while commuting alongside a-holes on the 405. I'm working on it, Kobe should to, but I agree with the first comment - back to basketball. Kobe is not a bigot.

...sigh...

DBDH!

Let's all freak out like it's the 90's and make a big deal over this. It's L.A., we know Kobe is chill with the gay community. Mistake? yes... Let's make a big deal? Slow news day.

@frmkt: Agreed! Can we focus at the task at hand. I don't care if he dissed my own mother to her face, as long as we can win another championship.

Right frmkt, that's the point. The threat to the 3-peat, not the hate speech that Bryant, an idol to millions, is spouting on camera. Way to focus on what really matters.

Darren Hopper. You couldn't be more wrong. And further, there aren't many people as looked up to as Kobe and further two wrongs don't make a right.

See? Kobe manned up to it, live and learn.

Making a word taboo is another extension of an obsessive and dysfunctional need to control others due to an inability of an individual to control their own internal emotional state.

It is retarded in a very real Axis II disorder sense of the term.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!!

Big deal. People say it all the time in the heat of the moment. I'm more worried about the Lakers chances to win a championship. They don't look good at this moment.

Thank God that Andrew Bynum sounds like he's going to be okay!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

I don't think Kobe is anti-gay, but he never apologized for his actions. He just defended himself. Just apologize Kobe like a man and get this done with.

::Reads article. Moves onto next one::

yes - to paraphrase Kobe: "I am really frustrated that you ref bozos won't call those fouls on my opponents like you used to for 14 years, and now I am getting banged on without impunity!"

Anyone who has played has heard worse on almost every play and everyone knows what it means (see above). Unfortunate choice of words to show anger, but that's all it was from an athlete concerned about the whole situation of his disintegrating team. Had really very little to do with that particular ref on that particular play, I KNOW.

Yeah, Kobe Byrant is the only pro athlete to ever use that particular slur towards another person. GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK. This is ridiculous.

If that was the extent of Kobe's statement, it is pretty weak. Nary an apology in sight. Frankly, I'm offended by Kobe's general conduct more than his use of an especially sensitive word. Replace the slur with "jerk" and does that make his conduct acceptable?

As for basketball, I'm with frmkt in feeling that the 3-peat is in jeopardy right now. A loss tonight would like drop the Lakers to the 3 seed, where they'd face Portland in the first round. Without a healthy Andrew Bynum, getting past the Blazers would be a huge challenge, to say nothing of a Dallas team (with home court advantage), San Antonio, and the East winner.

I personally don't call people that word, but people need to stop being so sensitive. He was mad and he cursed. Period. It didn't mean anything. Everyone who was offended should get over themselves.

America Media please grow up!! A nation is in a stage 7 nuclear alert, Northern Africas' nations are in turmoil, the US and various states are experiencing serious budget issues and you think Kobe anger during a basketball game should be center stage??? I love sports but your reaction to what is really news is very misguided and will only hasten the LA Times demise.

He should be fined , not a good example for the children attending the game .

fine him , what kind of example is he for the children?

Kobe Kyled it. It was “not intended to be a factual statement.”

Darth Stern should "mic up" KG so he can really get a glimpse of the potty-mouth-ism within his beloved League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

DBDH!

Like...who cares? Stop crying like babies....oh wait...they are babies..words hurt them still..Ouch mommy..Kobe was mean...he said something evil and hurt my feelings..LMAO.

Here's a tweet from Andrew Bynum: "Thanks for all the love and support! I'm feeling better then expected, getting therapy now. I will check back in once I get the results!"

Posted by: Mark Medina | April 13, 2011 at 12:18 PM

The between the lines translation: "Sorry to scare you peeps. But it will take more than a little knee tweak to keep this 'expletive deleted' from kicking some butt in the playoffs!"

This is front page news?

lost my post?

It's a catch 22.

The Refs have been picking on Kobe for ages, and they have ALL the power. There are some who purposefully go after Kobe just to get a rise out of him, and if Kobe shows any sign of frustration with their singling him out, they just T him up and sit him down. Who cares if the T gets rescinded the next day, the refs still got to play God during the game and control the outcome with no repercussions for them.

Time to start bringing donuts or muffins or something for the refs before each game. They control who wins and who loses, so I don't see why a little bribery should be out of the equation.

He knows how to play basketball. He's still a punk.

...."sticks and stones..........."

It continues to amaze me how some minority groups, who ALL too often pull the race card, are the same ones using pretty offense slurs. Only if you're gay do I believe you have the right to call another person a faggot, just as only other minority groups are allowed to use their own equally offense venacular with one another. But what strikes the most is the dismissal from Mr. Bryant's obviously limited memory, that he is a role model to many young athletes. But, I guess if he's stupid enough to use a slur like that in the first place then he's proven he's simply an everyday moron. Now let us move on to more important news, please.

LGBT and its members act like they haven't used any derogatory words in their lifetime. We say ISH that we don't mean all the time when we're mad or what not.

This will all be forgotten once he's lifting that big 'ol trophy over his head!!!

@jonk... I agree I'd be way more offended if someone called me justin bieber. Good one. Haha

So tired of people judging this guy. Give him a break, everyone, I mean everyone makes mistake. This happened in the heat of the moment. He wasn't out there saying "the word" all the time like these other people calling "n" word almost every other sentence. Each one of us make disgraceful comments, so please don't jump on the bandwagon haters. Human Rights is so quickly to utter out a message that this man is a disgrace. If Kobe wasn't an athlete do you all really think that the Human Rights Advocates will even care to comment, answer is NO because why would they even waste their time. Puleeze!

Repost Compost

http://deadspin.com/#!5791516/kobe-bryant-calls-a-ref-something-he-shouldnt-nsfw

One, two, three strikes in a single, short video clip.
I mean, what other player in the league
wouldn't have been thrown out of the game
and suspended for a couple more? Name one...
And when you do, the one or two names you MIGHT be able to come up
with are the exceptions which prove the rule.

This, folks, is why Laker Championships are Faker championships
which mean absolutely nothing to anyone except Laker fans,
and a few sports reporters who secretly hope to someday work in L.A..
They are equally complicit and pathetic.
And if you can't see what everyone else in the country sees,
you are too.

He's a Laker ($$$) And he's the Saint ($$$) And the Playoffs are just around the corner ($$$)...Ha Ha Ha! Let's do (or don't do) what needs to be done,
to give the Lakers every advantage...you know...a million little things.
It's O.K.. We can even do some of it out in the open.
We've gotten away with it time and again before.
Gotta get em' into the finals.
Yeah man.
What do we play for?

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: Sonnybelfast | April 13, 2011 at 04:52 AM

Funny - If it were a racial slur a lot more people would find it offensive...including Kobe.

There appear to be a lot of tension among the players competing hard to gain the best playoff position possible for their teams in the upcoming playoffs. We have witnessed over the past few weeks numerous physical confrontations among players. The stress of the season appears to be getting to Kobe. He is definitely not handling the run up to the playoffs very well and is taking things far to seriously. NBA Players need to remember that they are greatly rewarded financially to basically play a game. This is definitely not life or death so the Players needs to take a step back and lighten up and stop stressing out.

I enjoy the ..."What a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching," the HRC said in a statement.

ESPECIALLY WHEN MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE WATCHING? That is amazing! So I guess it is ok to say when he is just hangin' with the fellas and running smack?

Look, as far as I am concerned, it isn't a big deal. Get over it...when homosexuals say it to one another it isn't a big deal...women refer to one another as the "B" word all the time , hell even one of my best friends and I refer to one another as the "B" word, and my ex wife refers to me as the "N" word..and I am white! She is black, and she is one of my best and most trusted friends..., and I refer to myself as BFWG..Bald Fat White Guy...and if a homosexual called me BFWG or a black guy called me me honky, or a Hawaiin called me howlie...who cares! They don't pay my rent...my happiness is not determined by what they call me....they are just words....they only bother you if you let them...and I would never give anyone that kind of power over me...stop getting your delicate sensibilities hurt, people of all races, religions and sexual orientations....and if a kid sees Kobe saying it...it isn't like he or she hasn't heard it before nor won't hear it later on in life....simma down..as they say in Jamaica....it is what you make it out to be....and it ain't no thing...

Who cares, really. A full post dedicated to Kobe's mistep but nothing about Andrew's status???!

I think we should all turn on MSNBC to see if he "Crossed The Line."

Ridiculous.

Political correctness is harmful far beyond the artificial power given to the words and subject matter it obsessively tries to control.

Make no mistake, people who passionately ascribe to political correctness do not do so in support of the greater good. They do so to control others and to leverage their personal position of authority through use of shame.

As society has progressed, it has devolved into an Orwellian method of personal and societal control.

That's all it is. Nothing else.

There's no place for it in a free and open society.

We should judge people by their actions; not their words.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

PAPORUS wrote, " what kind of example is he for the children" Kobe should not be an example, he is a world class athlete. You need to be your kids example, and if you are not than you need to be. I am tired of this world raising people to believe that an athlete is an example to follow. . Just because a guy can make a nice shot during clutch times does not make him an example. A mother and father are the example, now live up to it and be the man. Geesh.

i don't care.

Professional athletes are completely out of control! They are embarrassments rather than the heroes!

What has happened in the past 5-10 years where professional athletes are making the news for getting arrested, car chases, acting like a 4 year old who loses his temper and fighting every week on the court?

yellofever,

Dude, that ref was TOTALLY Justin Bieber last night. Kobe was being polite!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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

GO LAKERS!!!

and Go Lakers!

It's okay, Kobe. This ------ forgives you. Besides, there are so many words I could use to describe you. All of them factual. But then, I have too much class. Something you have none of.

Why do these type of criticisms not get brought up when someone like KG is the offender? This guy says some horrific things on the court that are just ignored by the league and critics. This does not include his other offensive antics, such as hitting an opponent purposefully in the groin...
Kobe gets targeted more than others.

http://deadspin.com/#!5791516/kobe-bryant-calls-a-ref-something-he-shouldnt-nsfw

One, two, three strikes in a single, short video clip.
I mean, what other player in the league
wouldn't have been thrown out of the game
and suspended for a couple more? Name one...
And when you do, the one or two names you MIGHT be able to come up
with are the exceptions which prove the rule.

This, folks, is why Laker Championships are Faker championships
which mean absolutely nothing to anyone except Laker fans,
and a few sports reporters who secretly hope to someday work in L.A..
They are equally complicit and pathetic.
And if you can't see what everyone else in the country sees,
you are too.

He's a Laker ($$$) And he's the Saint ($$$) And the Playoffs are just around the corner ($$$)...Ha Ha Ha! Let's do (or don't do) what needs to be done,
to give the Lakers every advantage...you know...a million little things.
It's O.K.. We can even do some of it out in the open.
We've gotten away with it time and again before.
Gotta get em' into the finals.
Yeah man.
What do we play for?

Go Kings!

Sonnybelfast

Posted by: Sonnybelfast | April 13, 2011 at 04:52 AM

What a fine example for today's youth.
What a man!
And just like clockwork, here come the Kobe apologists.
Here they come. Pathetic.

It is my contention that something is seriously wrong with Kobe Bryant's mental health. This incident is only the last example of a young man who has been given incredible gifts and yet, acts boorish and surly so much of the time. Why is he so angry seemingly all of the time? The officials in the NBA have obviously had enough of his antics as have many fans. I was a Laker fan all of my life until two years ago, I just could not abide with Bryant's immature and outrageous behavior. Someone needs to do something about him, he has become an incredible punk.

Of course calling somebody a ******* is offensive. That is the point. Saying **** is offensive, calling somebody a ***** is offensive, and saying **** is offensive. That is the point. If these words weren’t offensive, we wouldn’t use them when we were really really angry. The reason we have words is to communicate ideas effectively. Debating BS terms like ‘political correctness’ is therefore useless. The reason people use bad word is to make people upset. Saying these words shouldn’t make people upset simply makes the words useless.

In my opinion, using words that are offensive to actual groups of people is a bad idea. It is a question of aim. I will accept Kobe’s statement that when he used this word he was not aiming it at homosexuals. The thing is, it is impossible to use these words without aiming them at particular groups of people, people with whom, allow me to emphasize- you are not angry at the moment.

Therefore, it is stupid to use these words. What you accomplish is not to tell the referee that you are angry at him, it accomplishes offending a bunch of people.

Now, I am sorry to anybody who feels differently, but whether Kobe apologizes and makes a decent gesture will not change whether or not these words are offensive or not, it will determine whether or not Kobe is an *******. That is up to him.

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOVE

GO LAKERS!

Get real, what is the NBA going to do one of its most premier, if not premier player? If this is some stiff I could understand. Personally, I don't think the league should do anything to Bryant. He has said a word that all of use at times. It's not a cuss word, and it's not something that any other player in the league hasn't said at one point. There is also a thing called the first amendment. Slurs are a part of daily life. Deal with it.

And just last week, Kobe was spotted eating Ben and Jerry's new "Fudgepacker threesome" ice cream, a delightful combo of dark chocolate, caramel, bi-vanilla and chock-full of nuts.

Kobe hasn't manned up to anything. He contextualized his transgression: he got mad playing a game and used a derogatory slur. Blaming it on the heat of the moment is deflecting responsibility for bad behavior.

And let's be honest about the moment: he's not at war risking his life; he's not being threatened; he's not under attack. A ref called a foul. The ref's call--that's what's no big deal. Kobe's offensive and immature reaction to that is a big deal.

Character is about what you do in the heat of the moment. If you screw that up, then try again with some genuine contrition. Describing yourself as respectful doesn't make you respectful.

Is this so horrific? Many of you are hypocrites, for you have actually used this word yourselves. If it was not Kobe using this word, it would not be an issue. Get over it, and pray for the many problems that we have in this world. While you are thinking about our problems, and burdens we carry, you will forget all about this small mistake. Just count it to the fact that all of us are human, and as long as you are in the flesh you will make mistakes.

a lot of players just blur things out. Doesnt mean the context of their verbal junk is ok. If "effin F@g" is worth a fine then Please fine playesrs when they say
"jesus efin christ"

I guess a lot of fags a re pissed off at this.

http://deadspin.com/#!5791516/kobe-bryant-calls-a-ref-something-he-shouldnt-nsfw

Almost 53% of Laker fans say 'do nothing'.
Another 25% or so say give him a fine, which means nothing to him.
(Tsk, Tsk he says. 'I've got the money')

The only thing really astonishing is that you want this clown on your team.
Then again...he is your type, so...

Go Kings!

@stophatin, what is with the knee-jerk sensitivity about criticism of Kobe Bryant? The guy puts himself in limelight, drawing special attention to himself by waving his arms and complaining virtually every time he misses a shot, and now he is not to be judged? How about cheating on your wife in Colorado, or throwing a teammate (Shaq) under the bus when the police question you?

In case you didn't realize it already, Kobe Bryant is (among others) two things: a GREAT basketball player, and a real jerk. You can be both, you know, and it isn't unreasonable for someone to point out the bad stuff when he acts out of line as he did last night.

Athletes say all types of words on the field/court/track/ or whatever other sports venue you can think of. It is part of athletic competition to express oneself in whichever manner one pleases. I do not understand why this is such a huge piece of news. If you listen closely to other telecast of athletic events, you will find that you will hear other offensive language spoken during the course of competition.

Ease off the guy, he apologized and expressed the intention of his comments.

He got a T. That is the correct penalty. Done.

Okay everybody on here that is black that is saying it's not important; i would like to see what your response is if Blake or Gasol or Walton use the 'N' word. Not that they ever would use it, but what if they did? You would be having a fit. You can't decide that a derogatory remark is okay if it means the Lakers can win a championship.

Kobe Bryant is filth.

Oh please what is everyone in the bind about. I am sure Kobe is no hater, in the heat of the moment he uttered some words that we would not be discussing right now had TNT cameras not be all up in the man mouth, able to see his tonsils! I am sure many others have said the same and worse, his just happen to be televised. No hate to the gays, just a comment out of frustration. Like the man said, don't take it literally!

Kobe Bryant has the charisma of a dingleberry.

Just curious:

Did you guys all defend Mel Gibson's tirade, too? He was just mad, right? No need to apologize there either?

Not sure it makes sense to hold anyone accountable for anything anymore. People say things they wish they hadn't. Whether they're celebrities, athletes, politicians, etc. Get over it.

This is the same as a Caucasian player spewing the N-word at a ref. It's wrong and I think Kobe should be fined. But he owned up to it and let's move on - we have another championship to win!

Oooh! Oooh! Mr Kotter! Everyone gets a chance to get in front of a camera and show how self righteous and proper and polite they are. What a great opportunity, to show you can restrain yourself at a press conference better than a man in a basketball game. If you caught him on the phone or in a bar laughing with his friends, saying this stuff, I might actually care. But this is just the kind of PC piling on that trivializes real hateful words and actions. Bad behavior all around

Mark Medina,

Shame on the L.A. Times Lakers blog. Because you chose to run with this incident, the story is now well on its way to becoming a nationwide hit piece on Kobe Bryant. Kobe's angry remark, while obviously inappropriate, clearly intended no offense toward the LGBT community. But that's not the real issue here.

The real issue here is your inability to differentiate between news and manufactured controversy. It is your responsibility to, as you say, "report the news" only when there is news to report, as opposed to a controversy manufactured by ESPN designed to create a firestorm of endless chatter in the lull between the regular season and the playoffs.

I watched last night's game on local TV (not TNT, which I can't stand), and neither Joel, Stu, nor any of the post-game and court-side commentators even so much as alluded to the alleged slur. But ESPN, as the world's largest and most obvious beneficiary of sports controversy, dug a story out of the mud in the hope that it would gain traction and become yet another topic of over-analysis brought to you by its army of arrogant blowhards.

Do you remember, back during the 2008 presidential campaign, when some idiot suddenly decided to question whether Barack Obama was born in the United States and demanded to see his birth certificate? Remember when Fox News decided to conveniently ignore the fact that the State of Hawaii confirmed Obama's birth numerous times and even published a copy of the birth certificate online? Didn't matter. The false narrative was born, and Fox ran with it. That was three years ago, and they're still running with it, and a whole lot of ignorant news consumers are still trying to question the president's citizenship.

Why doesn't Fox stop perpetuating this myth? Because ignorant news consumers consume news. That's what they do, and Fox is in the business of gaining viewers and selling ads. That is how manufactured controversy works. It doesn't matter if it's true, or if it's newsworthy. If you can plant an idea that creates controversy about a highly polarizing figure, you've struck news gold.

That is how ESPN operates. Sports fans the world over have come to expect this kind of idiocy from them. It should not, however, be how the L.A. Times operates. Part of me was hoping the L.A. Times blog wouldn't stoop so low as to lend ESPN's fake narrative credence by repeating it. In the future, please show us you understand the difference between news and manufactured controversy by refraining to run with stories of the character-assassination variety.

wonder how different the outcome if someone had used the N-word. i can guarantee you this would of been a way bigger issue, no?

He apologized move on ....BUT..really...
No surprises here...it's Kobe being Kobe...a self-centered, cry-baby (i hope he didn't break his teammates hand while punching the chair), Punk super star...no surprises. And u idolize him...look at urself in the mirror..losers.

not that i agree with kobe's rant last night, but the officiated sucked! he's know he shouldn't have said that, but he did. let's just move on. refs are not without blame. a few weeks ago ref, ken "slicked-backed-hair" mauer, told suns back-up scrub, zabian dowdell, to "stop being a little bitch"! this in a game the suns lost. grant it, it was garbage time, but was mauer punished for that? doubt it!

Are people really more worried about a word that the fact that he threw a towel?

Sporting events and award ceremonies should be considered as family events. Fine Kobe for the slur, accept that it was uttered in a heat of the moment, and move on.

Get over it. I have plenty of gay friends and they use that word all the time, and non of them recoil at its use what-so-ever. Or just play a game of pickup ball in any park and see the language used all around the city similar to Kobes.

This is a non-story and Kobe is just reflecting the use of a word that society still finds funny and many times, isn't aimed at gays what-so-ever.

So he didn't even apologize? Wow, just wow.

It would be very ineresting to see it the same 51% who said nothing should be done would stay the same if he'd used the "N" word.. Somehow I think that number would change which does show a lack of concern for something that doesn't affect them personally.

who cares is just a word... get over yourself

In no shape, way or form should Kobe be suspended for a gay slur. Anyone who has watched Kevin Garnet, and many other players as well,playing will read his lips say the word nigger multiple times throughout a game. Why should we pretend to be sensitive to a gay slur when these players use racial slurs on a daily basis? Why dont they get suspended for the use of racial slurs? Is it ok for them to say the N-word because they are African American? If it is, than by the same logic if Kobe was a homosexual then there would be no problem with his slur. Dont get me wrong, slurs can't be excused, but if the NBA is going to persecute Kobe for this than EVERY slur should bring the same consequences.

I am gay. This is NOT a big deal. We all say things in moments of heat or anger. This thing is being WAY overblown.

Are you kidding me! An athelete says something in the heat of a game and every one tries to make a federal case out of it. Get over yourselves!

I'll bet you a dime to donuts everyone in the LGBT, GLAAD, AND HRC have called each other worse without impunity only it doesn't make the news, just like blacks can use the n word to each other .

This is making a mountain of a moehill. Everyone uses language they wish they could take back in the heat of a moment. This doesn't make them biggoted or prejudice just HUMAN.

It's to take this P.C. stuff and stick it where the sun doesn't shine!

Give me a break bob, get over it already, such drama, I could care less fools. LOL Go Kobe, Go Lakers!

Oh God! we all say things like that! People need to stop making an issue of stuff like this. Yes, kids cannot say bad words and don't but every grown up does. It's a part of life and part of our speech. Time to move on to bigger more important news.

He should not have said what he said. There is no excuse and his explanation/excuse is hypocritical: The whole point of what he said was to cause offense. Nonetheless, he should not be punished for it. These games are full of non-stop namecalling. The only reason you don't hear them is the 7-second delay, which is in place to protect the NBA and prevent the general public from hearing things like this. The real problem is the game itself, which not only allows, but encourages this type of thing to go on. The NBA knows about it but does nothing. Kobe was probably relying on the 7-second delay to protect him so that his words were not broadcast. For the NBA to fine or sanction Kobe in any way, and make him some kind of scapegoat, would be sheer hypocrisy by the NBA, which allows these kinds of comments to be made every time an NBA game is played.

"Kobe hasn't manned up to anything. He contextualized his transgression: he got mad playing a game and used a derogatory slur. Blaming it on the heat of the moment is deflecting responsibility for bad behavior."

Exactly. This doesn't make him a bad person, just an average person. I would hope for Kobe to aim higher.

Don't Blame Don Harris, I remember VERY vividly during a playoff game where the TNT cameras showed KG and he very clearly yelled that same word that Kobe is under fire for using.

No fine. No suspension. No nothing.

But then again, I'm not excusing Kobe. That's my man and everything but he has been quite cavalier lately in dropping coarse language in press interviews. It's gotten to the point where its completely unnecessary. I understand in frustration and anger, but it seems like his loose tongue has finally caught up with him.

We all learn lessons.

If receives a suspension at all it should be for abuse of the referee and NOT what he said! Punk players of any stature shouldn't be tolerated either.

all of you kobe hating tools who want him hung for this, are missing a very important point which goes much further than the nba. we, as americans, are PROTECTED under the first amendment in the United States Constitution to FREELY express ourselves through speech. i'm sure all of you "human rights" advocates are not innocent of saying offensive things, and do not forget the terribly offensive cancer patient comments that the pile of human garbage KG directed at villanueva earlier in the season. making jokes about people who suffer from cancer is A LOT more offensive than what black mamba said, in his moment of ANGER. the nba did nothing to punish the human pile of garbage, neither should they do anything in this situation.

ya'll got to be kidding me what kobe said was words. words that i have used when playing ball with guy's i have knowed all my life ( just trash talk ) what they need to be looking at is the ref himself dont understand half the calls they been making on the lakers behalf. it will make them get frustrated at time but however kobe and the lakers should just play and maybe the bench need to take a tech every once in a while and 3peat lakers/bulls where it all started for phil

He should appear on Glee as a basketball coach. And be forced to sing and dance to Shaq's Rap Album.

offensive speech is offensive speech. we can't say that winning a championship is more important than people--that seems far worse morally. yes, i agree that people yell things when they're upset, but to condone it because you want to win a championship would be to say, let's not mind the nazis because they have a good soccer team?
it's wrong. kobe should not have taken so long to apologize (and the lakers and phil jackson should not have deflected the question), and those of you who are talking about getting back to the question of a championship are utterly amoral. the two issues are NOT related.
michael hardin

The apology from Kobe should be the same one offered his wife after his hotel tryst: he should buy every gay man a 7-carat diamond

 
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