Skip to comments.Lakers' Kobe fined $100K for gay slur
Posted on 04/13/2011 5:45:53 PM PDT by workerbee
The NBA fined Kobe Bryant $100,000 on Wednesday for using a derogatory gay term in frustration over a referee's call.
NBA Commissioner David Stern issued a swift disciplinary ruling after the Los Angeles Lakers' five-time NBA champion guard cursed and used the homophobic slur when referee Bennie Adams called a technical foul on him Tuesday night in the third quarter of a victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
''Kobe Bryant's comment during last night's game was offensive and inexcusable,'' Stern said. ''While I'm fully aware that basketball is an emotional game, such a distasteful term should never be tolerated. ... 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.''
Stern's action drew praise from gay-rights organizations that had demanded a fuller apology from Bryant and condemnation of his words by the Lakers. Bryant, the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history, issued a statement earlier Wednesday saying his words came strictly out of anger and shouldn't be taken literally.
''We applaud Commissioner Stern and the NBA for not only fining Bryant but for recognizing that slurs and derogatory comments have no place on the basketball court or in society at large,'' Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese said. ''We hope such swift and decisive action will send a strong and universal message that this kind of hateful outburst is simply inexcusable no matter what the context.''
''What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period,'' Bryant said in a statement issued through the Lakers. ''The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.''
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PCism run amok!
Pure Facist BS from David Stern
I’d tell that little F*ggot where to go and tell him just try and collect it.
ULTRA political correctness
Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will cost cost me my arms and legs.
Where was Stern when Kenyan Martin cussed and used the same word against Mark Cuban a few years back..a-hole didn’t say a word..When Kevin Garnett mocked Charlie Villanueva about his illness that causes him to be bald, and made jokes about him having cancer, where was the NBA, no where to be found..in fact, those same jerkoffs who are on Kobe’s ass for saying what he did last night had NO issue with what KG said..Allen Iverson got fined 5 grand for saying the same thing yet Kobe gets 100K fine..the NBA is a joke and David Stern is the freakin devil himself..fascist jerk and his hired goons
It was amusing to watch the DUers hem and haw over this one until they figured out exactly what kind of slur Kobe used.
Were I Bryant I’d tell ‘em to go eff themselves, and if they take my money I don’t play. They want to screw around, it’s a two way street.
Personally don’t like Kobe Bryant, and don’t care for BB, but I do care about PC anus orifices telling me what I can say, or not say. Eff ‘em.
Damn! Is David Stern a homosexual? And why doesn’t he fine the hell out of liberals when they smear TEA Party people by referring to them as homosexuals? How ‘bout a little “fairness” here!!!
Actually I think we should call them exactly what they are. All for calling fags, fags, or queers, or perverts, or butt pirates, or whatever. The thing that should not be tolerated by society is their sick perverted behavior.
I thought there was nothing wrong with being a Fag?
If being called a Fag is bad, does that mean being a homosexual is bad?
What did the a Hole player say to the a Hole Ref?
So calling the guy a bundle of sticks is a bad thing?
Kobe would be the first one to bitch and whine if someone had called him a n@gger - so bend over Kobe, this is the new thought police started by the race baiters.
Facist? Do you even know what the word means?
That little Faggot got his own jet airplane,
That little Faggot, he's a Millionaire.
I watched the game but I missed the incident. I guess Kobie just ponied up his “money for nothing”. Now, why is the word "faggot" coming up as nonexistent in FR word check?
It wasn’t like back in the 90’s when Stern allowed the Bad Boys’ with the “no harm, no foul” policy.
Now, the new rule for the year is “do not question the refs” and obviously, the refs became infallible. I never liked Kobe but the NBA is just kowtowing to the pc crowd. And I;m in L.A...it’s no stop “kobe fag slur” stories.
Meanwhile, all of pop culture celebrates when conservative female politicians are labeled t***s and c***s.
Maybe conservative female politicians should open their own bars and dance clubs, start promoting their books to kindergardners, force themselves into St. Patrick Day parades....?
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