There’s a bit of a stop-gap between your head and your mouth, Kobe Bryant. You might want to use it to filter what’s coming out of there. Kobe’s been fined $100,000 by the NBA after calling referee Beanie Adams a “f—ing f—ot”. Adams had called out Bryant for a technical foul, which the athlete clearly did not agree with. Unfortunately for him, the extremely homophobic slur he chose to respond it, was caught on camera. And what’s even worse is that it all went down on live television.
The NBA are so on his case with commissioner David Stern stating, “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.” A contrite Kobe has issued a statement that reads, “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.”
Kobe plans to appeal the fine which apparently is standard practice, but has also apologized to the Human Rights Campaign and has won over their head, Joe Solmonese. They had a conversation on the phone and Solmonese told TMZ, ” …We had a very sincere conversation in which he expressed his heartfelt regret for the hurt that his words caused. He told me that it’s never OK to degrade or tease, and that he understands how his words could unfortunately give the wrong impression that this is appropriate conduct…I applaud Kobe for coming forward and taking responsibility for his actions.” Tell us what you think, people? Is the fine enough? Should he be let off the hook? Should his punishment be stricter?
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