Thursday, May 23, 2013
Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant was none too happy about receiving yet another technical foul this week in a game against the San Antonio Spurs. The hotheaded hoops player was so mad, in fact, that after referee Bennie Adams booted him from the game, he called Adams a very family-unfriendly name. The game's announcer can be heard giving viewers a heads-up - TNT's Steve Kerr says, "You might wanna take the cameras off of him right now, for the children watching from home." And that's about the time Bryant unleashes on Adams, calling him a "f*cking f*ggot" on camera. Critics are far from GLAAD about the homophobic slur. In fact, the Gay And Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's president Jarret Barrios said, "Discriminatory slurs have no place on or off the court," after the incident happened. Now Kobe is left with the ball in his court, apologizing left and right. But sorry doesn't seem to be the hardest word for Bryant. In fact, he met with Human Rights Campaign head honcho Joe Solomonese, who told 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." What's going to be difficult for Bryant is parting with the fine the NBA has slapped on him for the f-bombs. NBA Commissioner David Stern says, "Kobe Bryant's comment during last night's game was offensive and inexcusable. He continues, "While I'm fully aware that basketball is an emotional game, such a distasteful term should never be tolerated. Accordingly, I have fined Kobe $100,000.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."