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Kobe Bryant supports you whether you’re black or white, straight or gay, religious or athiest – leave him alone!

April 14, 2011

Kobe Bryant supports you whether you’re black or white, straight or gay, religious or athiest – leave him alone!

Bryant was caught yelling at the referee after he punched a chair on the sidelines. Video showed him mouthing an antigay slur at the referee, but audible confirmation from the bench was not immediately available.

He’s now being fined $100,000 for that word.

Kobe said the appeal is “standard protocol,” but told listeners of the Mason & Ireland Show on ESPN 710 out of Sacramento he’s taking responsibility for his words.

“The comment that I made, even though it wasn’t meant in the way it was perceived to be, is nonetheless wrong, so it’s important to own that,” Bryant said. “The concern that I have is for those that follow what I say and are inspired by how I play or look to me as a role model or whatever it is, for them not to take what is said as a message of hate or a license to degrade or embarrass or tease. That’s something I don’t want to see happen. It’s important for me to talk about that issue because it”s OK to be who you are, and I don’t want this issue to be a part of something or to magnify something that shouldn’t be.”

He had also said, ““What I said last night should not be taken literally,” Bryant said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “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.”

I don’t think he’ll be using that word again, but how about something like “Fuck You” which is a little more powerful in an argument.

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  1. April 14, 2011 5:17 pm

    I think I believe him. He’s a man just for owning his own stuff. One thing though is he probably did mean to offend the ref. I know that sometimes people will use the words that they immediatly feel will be the most hurtful and hateful,….any words. Only time and future behavior will really show his true thoughts and character. I personally think that he’ll be OK. Thanks.

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