Posted April 13, 2011 by DJ Enuff in News

Update::Kobe apologizes, fined $100K by the NBA


Update::Kobe Bryant created controversy with a slur, wrote an apologetic statement earlier today, and now apologized directly to the HRC. NBA Commissioner David Stern fined him $100K swiftly and released a statement of his own. Check out Kobe’s apology to the HRC and NBA Commissioner Stern’s statement:

Kobe Bryant just got off the phone with the president of a gay rights organization — and apologized for using a gay slur last night … TMZ has learned.

Bryant spoke with Human Rights Campaign honcho Joe Solmonese — who tells TMZ, “I applaud Kobe Bryant for his swift apology. We had a very sincere conversation in which he expressed his heartfelt regret for the hurt that his words caused.”

Solmonese adds, “He told me that it’s never OK to degrade or tease, and that he understands how his words could unfortunately give the wrong impression that this is appropriate conduct.”

“At the end of a difficult day, I applaud Kobe for coming forward and taking responsibility for his actions.” (excerpt, quotes from full article courtesy TMZ)

NBA commissioner David Stern’s statement:

”Kobe Bryant’s comment during last night’s game was offensive and inexcusable,” Stern said. ”While I’m fully aware that basketball is an emotional game, such a distasteful term should never be tolerated. … 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.”

”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 said. ”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.” (quotes from full article courtesy msn.com, foxsports)