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Kobe Bryant Calls Ref ‘Fucking Faggot’ On TV

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Kobe Bryant's fifth foul of the evening was the worst of all.

*UPDATED BELOW*

Kobe Bryant called referee Bennie Adams a “fucking faggot” last night after he was given his fourth foul of the night. Bryant threw a temper tantrum on the sidelines and yelled out the anti-gay epithet before TNT’s game commentator’s told the cameramen “to take the camera off of him right now for the children.”

We’re already hearing rumblings of people demanding Bryant issue a formal apology, but honestly, is that even enough? In a moment of anger, the athlete lashed out with an extremely offensive word that he is obviously comfortable using when he thinks the cameras are off of him.

Bryant is the star athlete in a city with one of the largest and most robust LGBT communities in the country. Like it or not, Bryant represents the city every time he puts on that gold and purple jersey (P.S.- those colors are totally gay.), and this time he’s made a homophobic mess of it.

***UPDATE: Bryant has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for his homophobic display, and has released the following statement:

“What I said last night should not be taken literally. 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.”

And yet…we’re completely offended because you used an incredibly offensive and hateful word to disparage an authority figure on live television. What would a literal interpretation of “fucking faggot” even mean? We don’t understand why he used the word in the first place, and we certainly don’t understand his apology. Ugh.

NBA Commissioner David Stern sums it up a bit more eloquently:

“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. Accordingly, I have fined Kobe $100,000. 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.”

No place at all.

Are you upset with Kobe Bryant’s televised homophobia?

  • I’m not offended. Go Lakers!!

  • “Athletes are not role models”

  • Anonymous

    Ignorant people say ignorant things. Most sports players do and say what they want and think they will get away with it. I say make an example out of him.

  • Chris Pappas

    his game is waaaaaaay down…he’s no longer the star…

  • Chris Pappas

    GO BULLS!

  • William Bellanger

    While I’m personally not offended, a supposed “role-model” for children should not say such things regardless of causation. It starts a nasty chain of children thinking this sort of language is ok.

  • Anonymous

    Sanction. Punish.Sideline his sorry booty.

  • Shauna Kelly

    It’s sad, honestly. I think he should be fired, not only is he a worthless prima donna, but now he has the nerve to insult people like that? This is truly sad

  • Seriously? 100,000 dollars? that is a shit load of money, granted for someone pullling in multiples of millions a year, its a slap on the wrist, but honestly, I’m offended as an american citizen that his right to free speech is so stifled. I dont think what he said was acceptable in the least, and It should really be up to his employers to make clear rules regarding professionalism and consequences of violating that professionalism. I dont know how the NBA works, but the way it is presented it makes it sound like a traffic infraction or something where you pay a set fine for disobeying some law. I felt the same way when whats his face from the greenbay packers said that showering with an openly homosexual man made him uncomfortable. Those are his feelings, however ignorant or unfounded they may be, he is 100% entitled to them. I would rather live in a world where the occasional homophobe says something stupid than a world where free speech means freedom to say whatever you like so long as nobody is offended.

  • doesn’t matter what he intended. overall people think saying that word during anger is just an expression. but in fact it’s just as if an NBA player called the ref the “N” word. no excuse for it whether your angry or not. it’s offensive and downright stupid.

  • Justice Calo Reign

    When we are paying them millions of dollars and putting them on the television and marketing their image all over the place.. they sure are.

  • Justice Calo Reign

    He doesn’t have full rights to free speech as an NBA player. There are rules and standards that they have to adhere to and that’s why he was fined. As an Air Force Officer, I gave up particular rights because of my profession, Kobe has done the same thing.

  • Justice Calo Reign

    I am someone who ALWAYS corrects ANYONE when they say “That’s Gay” or calls someone a “f-ing f”. I don’t even know what they mean when they say they didn’t “mean” it negatively. You say it for the very purpose of it being negative. I say something because I am a 34 year-old trained athlete and ex-military officer and there are very few situations I’m afraid of. I do it because some little 14 year-old shouldn’t have to, and if I do it enough, and others who can do it enough, then the little ones who can’t.. won’t have to. I don’t care about the fine, but he did it on national television, the apology as well needs to happen on national television!

  • I’ve been a big Kobe Bryant fan since he was playing high school ball in Philly, so this really wipes me out. First off, the $100K fine isn’t enough; he can pay that with no pain. Second, his apology, such as it is, is insufficient; he needs to do some serious groveling. No, as Barkley once said, athletes aren’t role models–but their fans DO pattern their game behavior after how their idols behave. It’s just how it is, and it upsets me to know that millions of grade school and high school ballers just got the impression from the GOAT that it’s okay to use language like that–and that it’s okay if Kobe doesn’t really apologize for it either.

  • A worthless prima donna, Shauna? Kobe Bryant is the GOAT, even above Jordan and Magic. His mindset and behavior are obviously in need of correction, but his basketball skills can’t be questioned.

  • It’s a shame that kids watch sports anymore.

  • what if he pissed off a white player who then yelled out the “N” word to him..and then came up with a lame ass apology….he wouldnt be too happy about that now would he?…..