Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kobe Bryant Fined $100K for Calling Ref a F***ing Faggot. (Audio)

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe BryantImage via WikipediaNBA star Kobe Bryant has been fined $100,000 for calling a referee a fucking faggot after being called on a technical foul. ESPN reports.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for a homophobic slur that commissioner David Stern called "offensive and inexcusable."
After receiving a technical foul during Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant stormed to the bench, hit his seat before sitting down, threw a towel and then yelled "Bennie!" toward referee Bernie Adams. Bryant then leaned back and muttered a gay slur.
The episode was caught on camera on TNT's national telecast, prompting announcer Steve Kerr to say: "You might wanna take the cameras off of him right now, for the children watching from home."
Bryant issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.
"What I said last night should not be taken literally," he said. "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."
As evidenced by the following audio clip, Kobe's only sorry he got caught. He chalks up his outburst to the culture of homophobia in pro sports and the heat of the moment. What an asshole.

On the other hand, the fact that the NBA is taking a stand against homophobia is encouraging.

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