Kobe Bryant fined $100,000 for gay slur to referee Bennie Adams, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign praise NBA

By on Apr 14, 2011 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for apparent gay slur to referee Bennie Adams, as GLAAD and Human Rights Campaign group praised NBA for its action.


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As reported at NBA website on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 after he apparently spoke cursed and used a homophobic slur to referee Bennie Adams.

This is after the NBA star seemed to have lost his patient after he was called by referre Adams for a technical foul during the third quarter game on Tuesday between the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs.

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.” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement.

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.” Mr. Stern added.

Meanwhile, this action of NBA was praised by Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD which were reported earlier to have condemned Kobe Bryant.

“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,” Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese told reports.

“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.” Solmonese added.

“When such a prolific cultural institution like the NBA speaks out against hateful words, we are reminded that fair-minded Americans are siding with equality for all.” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios was quoted as saying.

“This decision will serve as an important precedent that will help ensure a safer, more inclusive environment for fans and players everywhere, and we look forward to continuing our dialogue with the NBA.” Barrios added.

On the other hand, Kobe Bryant apologized for his reaction which was caught on TV and suggested that what he said that night “should not be taken literally”.

“The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.” Kobe Bryant said.



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