Kobe Bryant fined for gay slur

    Kobe Bryant has to shell out some stacks for an offensive comment he flung at a referee.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Kobe Bryant has to shell out some stacks for an offensive comment he flung at a referee.

    CNN.com reports that the NBA leveled a $100,000 fine against Kobe on Wednesday following his “offensive and inexcusable” language during the Los Angeles Lakers’ game on Tuesday.

    Kobe called a referee a “f*cking fa**ot” after getting a technical foul in the matchup against the San Antonio Spurs. He apologized for the off-color remark in a call to Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solomonese Wednesday night.

    “We had a very sincere conversation in which he expressed his heartfelt regret for the hurt that his words caused,” said Joe. “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.”

    Although the organization supports the NBA fine against Kobe, Joe still gave the NBA player props for apologizing. “At the end of a difficult day,” said Joe. “I applaud Kobe for coming forward and taking responsibility for his actions.”

    Kobe called for a little understanding in a public statement in an attempt to explain his offensive outburst. “My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period,” he said. “The words expressed do not reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were not meant to offend anyone.”

    – Sonya Eskridge

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