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Kobe Bryant appeared to yell gay slur at official

Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:26 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 4:54 pm
Posted by Royce Young 

Update 2:50 p.m.: Gay rights advocates decried Bryant's actions in a statement.
"What a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching," the Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay-rights group, said. 
Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said in a separate statement that slurs have no place on or off the court. "Professional sports players need to set a better example for young people who use words like this on the playground and in our schools, creating a climate of intolerance and hostility," Barrios said. "The LA Lakers have a responsibility to educate their fans about why this word is unacceptable."
On Wednesday, Bryant released his own statement, through the Lakers: “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.”

So he used the slur. He just didn't mean it. Notice how there's not an apology there. 

We've all sort of gotten a crash course reminder this season that NBA players aren't angel. That they kind of have potty mouths and say bad things. There was the whole Kevin Garnett - Charlie Villanueva thing, for example.

The latest comes from Kobe Bryant who after going to the bench following his 15th technical foul of the season, yelled out what appeared to be an offensive homophobic remark.

As you can see, Bryant yells out "Bennie!" which is directed at official Bennie Adams, and then says "F-word [gay slur]." I'm not a lip reader and I didn't hear it, but I think we can all agree that's what it appears to be. I suppose he could've said, "Philly Phanatic" but I'm thinking he didn't go that direction.

TNT announcer Steve Kerr saw it and immediately knew what was going on, remarking, "He's yelling at Bennie. You might want to take the camera off him for the children watching at home." obtained a statement made by the Lakers on the matter which said, "The Lakers can not confirm that is what Kobe said or not." The NBA said the incident was "under review." So we'll have to wait and see what that means.

I don't know how to entirely comment on this, other than to say it was a very bad thing for Kobe to yell, even in anger. I'm not entirely comfortable even writing about it because I like basketball and this isn't basketball. It's one of those things that if you step wrong around it, you slip on the banana peel and get yourself in trouble.

But here's the thing: We only know about this because the camera caught him do it. I'm sure this isn't the first time Kobe has said something like this nor do I think he's the ONLY player to have ever said something bad like this. He just had the misfortune of the camera being right on his face when he blurted it out.

We went over this with the Garnett - Villaneuva situation and pretty much all agreed: What's said on the court stays on the court. Problem with that, at least for the players, is that microphones tend to work very well, cameras catch everything and fans sit very near the action. You can't stay innocent for long nowadays.

And I'm not entirely sure it's fair to hold players like Bryant to a higher standard with things like this. Again, it was a horrible thing for him to say. He shouldn't have said it. But we've all said dumb, offensive things. Lucky for most of us, there wasn't a camera pointed in our face when we did it. Then again, we're not Kobe Bryant. It's honestly kind of a weird situation.

Reality is, the culture of professional sports has also been a misogynistic society where things like being gay is seen as a gross, bad thing. The culture just breeds language like that. That's locker room talk and that's a word that's used probably daily in there. Plus, Kobe has never been shy about dropping an f-bomb in interviews. He's always been somewhat crass and controversial. This time, he just sort of took it to a level that actually would offend some people.

I'm sure Kobe doesn't actually hate gay people. I'm sure he doesn't say that word to express hatred of gay people. I'm assuming here -- which I recognize is dangerous -- that Kobe just sort of has that word as part of his language to toss out in situations like this without really thinking about what it means.

I'm sure he'll be asked about it today and he'll either deny saying it or apologize. Maybe this is a lesson learned for all professional athletes that have cameras hovering around them everywhere they go: Watch what you say.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:13 am

Kobe Bryant appeared to yell gay slur at official

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Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:09 am

Kobe Bryant appeared to yell gay slur at official

My question is when did this become a term that refers specifically to homosexuals? 

Ummmm...the last 20+ years Rand070357. Now I know your love for Kobe goes beyond the love of your mom, but come on, don't defend him by saying he was calling him sticks! It was stupid that this got blown up to a huge story, but don't try to act smart and write a dumb history rambling defending the term he used.

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 1:25 pm

Kobe Bryant appeared to yell gay slur at official

After reading 27 pages of the bantering over Kobe's comments, I wonder why people aren't talking about the real issue.  This isn't as much as whether this particular term is Politically correct. 

My question is when did this become a term that refers specifically to homosexuals?  When you look up the definition, the original definition is a bundle of sticks.  Then, in the early 1900's it referred to people making decisions you didn't agree with.  Then in the 1960's it refers to people making effeminate decisions.  Now it's owned by the gay community?  Since when? 

In the few times I have used the term, I never meant it as a gay slur.  Ever!  I did think of it as a term describing a person who is making a particually questionable decision.  For example, a policeman that pulls you over for going 42 in a 40 and is particularily nasty about how fast your driving might be referred to as a F----- for being so unreasonable and nasty.  I would probably say it under my breath after he had pulled away, but in no way would I refer to him as a gay. 

It's not to say that terms like these shouldn't be used, they really should not, but I don't believe the definition Kobe was using was referring to a person of homosexual persuasion. 

As far as the fine was concerned... This happened to cause so much outrage from gay rights group human rights groups that David Stern was painted into a corner.  Much worse comments have been made over the years, but this reaction is definitely unique.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: April 15, 2011 12:33 pm

Kobe Bryant appeared to yell gay slur at official

I am not saying being gay is an active choice, but is a sexual behavior.  It is sad our society has come to the point where you can use slur words to describe a behavior.  

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2011 10:59 pm

Kobe Bryant appeared to yell gay slur at official

Out of a population of 106,741,426 households, homosexuals represent 0.42% of those households (or less than 1/2 of 1%).

But since most people are not mathematicians, we can break it down in a way that most individuals will be able to better comprehend.  If we were to start a new television sitcom, and wanted to accurately portray homosexual ratios in society, we would need 199 heterosexual actors before we finally introduced 1 homosexual actor.

Funny how every show has gay characters though. It's just another example of how the media continues to force their gay agenda down our throats - no pun intended.



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:27 pm

Kobe Bryant appeared to yell gay slur at official

Didn't say any of that. Man you are not very smart Hawkman. It's simple. You can't compare a slur of sexual preference to one of race. That's it. Try to understand what people post and stop coming up with your own meaning to what they say Dr Phil. YOu can't compare Faggot to any racial slur. People earlier on this board were saying it is the same as the N word, it is not the same. 
He doesn't get a pass for saying it, once again if you actualy could read idiot you would have seen that I stated he should not of used this word, but get the F over it because he was fined, he said what he meant, and it's over. Stop being so dumb and stop making a big deal about nothing. Comparing it to a word that has held back an entire race of human beings is not making it better, it is only showing the true ignorance of our country. 

Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 7:21 pm

Kobe Bryant appeared to yell gay slur at official

Man, Kobe brutally rapping a girl in Colorado and now this?  I can honestly say i never saw it coming from such a stand up rapist, its unbelievable.  This bad press and the 100K fine wont set him back though lets be realistic.  We all know what happens when Kobe gets himself into gay raping' trouble.  Yeah you guessed it.  Bryant is going to play the Puff Daddy card once again and switch up his old gay hatin #24 to change his image for the better.   THE POST HOMOPHOBIC KOBE BRYANT JERSEY...Everyone loves a good ol' Rapen' Homophobic Super Star who changes jerseys to clean up their past...i know i do.  Im thinking he'll most likely pick pick #25, or #48, b/c he thinks he's twice as good as himself or something gangster like that. 

The NBA will also still make loads cash off of Bryant before the new jersey hits the shelves regardless of him bashing the gay community too.  The NBA could just do what the do every other year since they know their fans are sheep.  All they have to do is the same they pull off every other year, Win their Golden Boy another "Championship."  To sweep this gay nonsense under the rug the NBA and corporate sponsers will simply advertise Kobe to us fans during every single TV timeout for the Playoffs and NBA Finals.  You know, like they do every year during the postseason as well - Relentlessly broadcast and sell their ever wonderful Golden Boy, all the while NBA officials also sell Kobe on the court while they spoon feed him 5-10 bogus calls a game so he can win yet another "Championship" 

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:19 pm

Kobe Bryant appeared to yell gay slur at official

Well first off I can't figure out how Kobe didn't mean to offend anyone. If he did use the slur that he did, he most certainly did mean to offend the referee.By every definition in the dictionary that was meant to get under the skin of the official. Now whether or not Kobe really dislikes gay people, well only Kobe truly knows. Heck, we all lie, that is why I like the T.V. show House. Whether Kobe was sincere in his half apology or he is just lying by saying the right things, again only Kobe knows. I do believe we have become a bit more sensitive though and whether or not it is a good or a bad thing I'm not sure. I try to keep the quote from W.C. Fields in mind " It's not what they call you, it's what you answer to!"

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:17 pm

Kobe Bryant appeared to yell gay slur at official

"What a disgrace for to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching," the Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay-rights group, said.
Memo to the guy above...

These are professional athletes. They throw around cuss words and slurs all the time. The only reason he got punished is because he got caught. If the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB fined their athletes for every offensive word they uttered during a game, they'd be playing for free.

He shouldn't use that word. he was wrong. However, $ 100,000? What is if used an ethnic slur? Would it have been $10,000 instead? Racial? $50,000?

Bryant apologized. Move on. Get over yourself and be concerned with real prejudice towards gays which include cyber bullying and beatings.

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