Kobe Bryant is being fined a steep fee for utilizing a homophobic gay slur against a ref in a Los Angeles Lakers game this week. After slapping the ref with the horrific phrase of "f--got" and failing to apologize, the NBA guard will still be dishing out remedies for wrong words said on the basketball court.
NBA FINES KOBE BRYANT FOR OFFENSIVE OUTBURST
"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, “ said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Joe Solmonese. “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.”
KOBE FAILS TO APOLOGIZE FOR GAY SLUR
The HRC group, one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organizations, had called for Kobe to apologize for his statement (see Kobe's ref rant video here) and ended up nearly empty handed after Kobe issued a less-than-satisfying official statement.
$100K FINE MAKES AN EXAMPLE OUT OF CELEBRITY BAD BEHAVIOR
In an apology the HRC calls "not nearly enough," Kobe argued his statement wasn't meant to be "taken literally" and did not reflect his individual feelings towards "gay and lesbian communities." While Kobe says his words weren't meant to offend anyone, the HRC argues that he's held to a higher standard because of his celebrity status.
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