Kobe releases controversy
Breaking News: Kobe Bryant has sparked some controversy by a homophobic slur he uttered on national TNT TV, last night. He uttered a slur at referee Benny Adams after receiving a technical foul. Click here to see the exclusive TMZ video with ‘uncut’ slur. Kobe will probably be suspended for the last regular season game and fined. The HRC (Human Rights Campaign) and GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) released statements (at bottom of page) to the Lakers and the public. I’m sure he didn’t mean it that way, but besides that and throwing his towel, Kobe got to get a handle on his temper. Read Kobe’s Statement from today below. The worst part of the whole situation is that the Lakers and Kobe (with his 26 points) went on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-93. Read the excerpt, courtesy espn:
After receiving a technical foul, he hit his seat before sitting down, threw a towel and then yelled, “Bennie,” toward the court. Bryant then leaned back and muttered what appeared to be a gay slur.
TNT announcer Steve Kerr picked up on Bryant’s outburst and said:“You might wanna take the cameras off of him right now, for the children watching from home.”
“The video from Tuesday’s game is under review by the NBA,”league spokesman Tim Frank said to ESPNLosAngeles.com via email.
Bryant was not initially available for comment.
“We haven’t seen the video, so it would be inappropriate for us to comment on it,” a Lakers spokesperson told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday.
Kobe’s statement (released today):
“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.” (quote from full article courtesy twackle)
“What a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching. Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of such language not only offends millions of LGBT people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate. Bryant and the Lakers have a responsibility to speak up on this issue immediately. America is watching.” (quote from full article courtesy miamiherald)
“Discriminatory slurs have no place on or off the court,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “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. The LA Lakers have a responsibility to educate their fans about why this word is unacceptable.” (quotes from full article courtesy miamiherald)
GLAAD has reached out to the L.A. Lakers and will provide updates on GLAADBlog.org as they become available