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Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:09 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Kobe Bryant went on ESPN Radio Los Angeles this morning and of course the topic of discussion was what slipped out his mouth Tuesday night. Kobe was fined $100,000 for the use of a gay slur directed at referee Bennie Adams and Kobe said he's appealing the fine because, "that's just typical protocal and what we do."

I liked what Kobe said after that though: "But as an individual you have to be responsible for your own actions. The comment that I made, even though it was not meant as it is perceived to be, is nonetheless wrong. So it’s important to own that.”

Kobe explained what happened Tuesday:
“Just frustration. Pure frustration. When you’re in an emotional game and in the Heat of the moment, you have outbursts and you say things. That doesn’t mean you mean what you say. But you know, you have emotional outbursts throughout the courses of games.”
Bryant issued a statement yesterday after it saying the comment wasn't intended to be taken literally. He explained:
“Obviously nothing to that effect, which is why I wanted to talk about it. I mean, obviously I issued a statement and things of that nature, but the concern that I have is for those that follow what I say, or inspired by how I play or look to me as a role model or whatever it is, to not take what was said as something as a message of hate, or a license to degrade, or embarrass or tease. Because that’s something I don’t want to have happen. It’s important for me to talk about that issue because it’s important to be who you are, and I don’t want this issue to be a part of, or magnify, something that shouldn’t be.”
Kobe was asked what he'd say to Adams:
“What would I say to Bennie? That wasn’t a damn foul. [Laughing] No, obviously we talked after that during the game when both of us were a lot calmer. Officials understand that, they understand that you have emotional outbursts throughout the course of the game. It doesn’t mean that you actually mean what you say. I don’t know Bennie; I don’t know him from a can of paint aside from the games he refs. So, I think they understand that. We as players understand that when you have outbursts you get penalized for that by getting technical fouls, which I did. So then you just move on.”
Sounds to me like Kobe is handling this very well. That's something nobody does quite as well as Kobe -- damage control. A lot of guys might've denied it or said it was unfair to be punished because so many others do the same. But Kobe recognized his profile and understands he's not just every other player. I respect Kobe Bryant for a lot of reasons and though what he said Tuesday night was a horrible thing, the way, as he says, "owning" it, is admirable.

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Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:15 pm

Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

ShakaHanJov - Haha! You make a good point, bro. And I agree with everything but your last word. Kobe owned up to it, and we all make mistakes. Time to move on.

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 6:25 pm

Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

I like to get on message boards and post my meaningless opinions.  I also like to call out others on their posts when I don't agree with them.  When they fight back, It gets personal. 

I am a big tough man.     (hiding behind a computer)

No, but seriously, who cares.  Kobe is a man, and "owned" his mistake.  Get over it.

We are raising a society of undisciplined wimps.


Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: April 15, 2011 8:59 pm

Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

LOL disenchanted! hahaha nice.

Since: Apr 15, 2011
Posted on: April 15, 2011 6:06 pm

Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

It is appalling that we have to monitor our thoughts and words in a country that is supposed to founded on the principle of this thing called freedom. It is true that players drop the F bomb constantly and no one even cares, but use a slur and watch out! Besideds Kobi called an official that not an actual homosexual, right? (unles that ref is gay...ooops). So if this is about people's feelings and homosexuals are that easily offended maybe they shoulodn't watch the NBA or call NBA games. I promise not to watch anymore HGTV so the homosexuals on that channel won't offend me. Deal sweeties?

Since: Apr 15, 2011
Posted on: April 15, 2011 6:04 pm

Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: April 15, 2011 5:58 pm

Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

Kobe has always been fantastic at damage control for sure. It's what is both his greatest strength and weakness. While it helps him rationalize these situations and place him in a positive light it also makes him seem like a silted figure and at times come across as robotic and phony, unlike say, a Charles Barkley, perhaps his polar opposite who's "damage control" is done by being completely unapologetic. 

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:37 am

Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

vix, I'm still waiting.

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 8:50 pm

Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

, I don't see any words in my post that might possibly have required a thesaurus. Please point them out.

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2011 7:23 pm

Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

LOL at Jitpring's post.  First of all, we are all VERY impressed at your ability to use a thesaurus.  Secondly, if you reject homosexuality, then don't have relations with someone of your gender!  Pretty simple!  There is absolutely no logical explanation for why you or anyone else should care about the private lives of other people.  So have fun "shouting from the rooftops" about how you reject homosexuality.  I'm going to stick to worrying about enjoying my own life, and let others do the same. 

Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2011 7:04 pm

Kobe talks about his fine and use of a gay slur

It's really disappointing to see him acceding to the thought-police of today's dictatorship of relativism. Very disappointing. How much better it would have been to hear this: "No, I'm not sorry. I'm not at all sorry. I reject the abomination of homosexuality, and I reject every homosexual propagandist organization along with their journalist puppets. I reject them all, totally. And I reject any authority that the thought-police claim to regulate my thoughts or my speech. So, am I sorry for what I said? Not at all. In fact, I'll henceforth be screaming it from the rooftops. Don't like it? I don't care. EAT IT."

Political correctness seeks to establish the domain of a single way
of thinking and speaking. Its relativism creates the illusion that it
has reached greater heights than the loftiest philosophical
achievements of the past. It prescribes itself as the only way to think
and speak - if, that is, one wishes to stay in fashion. Being faithful
to traditional values and the knowledge that upholds them is labeled
intolerance, and relativism becomes the required norm. I think it is
vital that we oppose this imposition of a new pseudo-enlightenment,
which threatens freedom of thought as well as freedom of religion. In
Sweden, a preacher who had presented the Biblical teachings on the
question of homosexuality received a prison sentence. This is just one
sign of the gains that have been made by relativism as a kind of new
'denomination' that places restrictions on religious convictions and
seeks to subordinate all religions to the super-dogma of relativism.

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