Kobe Bryant Makes Formal Apology For Gay Slur; Lakers To Work With GLAAD

Kobe Bryant. Photo: Gettyimages.com
Kobe Bryant. Photo: Gettyimages.com

Kobe Bryant. Photo: Gettyimages.com

Kobe Bryant made a formal apology for his use of a homophobic slur during Tuesday's game calling his comments "Stupid and ignorant" as he called into the Dan Patrick show earlier today.

Bryant added "In this situation, seeing how many people were affected, it helps you understand the weight that comes from that word. That's why it's very important for me to communicate how sorry I am to use the word."

The Los Angeles Lakers have taken the apology a step further and have reached out to GLAAD which stands for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, to get rid of the word entirely in the NBA.  Good luck with that.

"In light of this slur, there is a real opportunity to build support for our community and educate fans of Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the NBA about the use of such words," said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios."The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a positive step and we look forward to working with them to create messages from players and coaches that combat bullying. We also suggested and will continue to advocate for zero tolerance policies for anti-gay slurs at home games, similar to what the New York Yankees adopted last year."

Although Kobe has apologized, he is still appealing the fine.  Kobe, instead, accept the fine and donate $100,000 to GLAAD.  That way, your fine and the donation is actually tax deductible.-Dr.FB

Diagnosis:  Surprised Kobe Just Didn't Buy The Ref A Ring


Jessica Simpson Does Not Forgive John Mayer

Jessica Simpson was on Oprah Winfrey yesterday where she discussed John Mayer's comments about her in a Playboy Interview he did last month.

What do you think of what Jessica had to say about John's apology?-Dr.FB


Tiger Woods: “I am deeply sorry”

Below, and in video above, is Tiger's full 14 minute statement that he read at this morning's media event from PGA headquarters in Florida. He read the statement to friends, colleagues and select media who were in attendance. Other media were kept a half mile away at a nearby Marriott Hotel.

During the speech, Tiger apologized repeatedly and called his behavior selfish and foolish, and acknowledged the hurt he had caused to his wife, children, friends, family and colleagues.

My failures have made me look at myself in a way I never wanted to before. It's now up to me to make amends and that starts by never repeating the mistakes I've made. It's up to me to start living a life of integrity.

Beginning tomorrow, Tiger will leave for more treatment and therapy. At the end of his statement, Tiger walked to the front row and hugged his mother and shook hands and hugged others. Elin was not seen in the audience.

So what do you think of his apology? - Dr.FB


Good morning, and thank you for joining me. Many of you in this room are my friends. Many of you in this room know me. Many of you have cheered for me or you've worked with me or you've supported me.

Now every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.

I know people want to find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish. People want to know how I could have done these things to my wife, Elin, and to my children. And while I have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say.

Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage caused by my behavior. As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time. We have a lot to discuss; however, what we say to each other will remain between the two of us.

I am also aware of the pain my behavior has caused to those of you in this room. I have let you down, and I have let down my fans. For many of you, especially my friends, my behavior has been a personal disappointment. To those of you who work for me, I have let you down personally and professionally. My behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners.

To everyone involved in my foundation, including my staff, board of directors, sponsors and most importantly, the young students we reach, our work is more important than ever. Thirteen years ago, my dad and I envisioned helping young people achieve their dreams through education. This work remains unchanged and will continue to grow. From the Learning Center students in Southern California to the Earl Woods scholars in Washington, D.C., millions of kids have changed their lives, and I am dedicated to making sure that continues.

But still, I know I have bitterly disappointed all of you. I have made you question who I am and how I could have done the things I did. I am embarrassed that I have put you in this position.

For all that I have done, I am so sorry.

I have a lot to atone for, but there is one issue I really want to discuss. Some people have speculated that Elin somehow hurt or attacked me on Thanksgiving night. It angers me that people would fabricate a story like that. Elin never hit me that night or any other night. There has never been an episode of domestic violence in our marriage, ever. Elin has shown enormous grace and poise throughout this ordeal. Elin deserves praise, not blame.

The issue involved here was my repeated irresponsible behavior. I was unfaithful. I had affairs. I cheated. What I did is not acceptable, and I am the only person to blame.

I stopped living by the core values that I was taught to believe in. I knew my actions were wrong, but I convinced myself that normal rules didn't apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. I ran straight through the boundaries that a married couple should live by. I thought I could get away with whatever I wanted to. I felt that I had worked hard my entire life and deserved to enjoy all the temptations around me. I felt I was entitled. Thanks to money and fame, I didn't have to go far to find them.

I was wrong. I was foolish. I don't get to play by different rules. The same boundaries that apply to everyone apply to me. I brought this shame on myself. I hurt my wife, my kids, my mother, my wife's family, my friends, my foundation and kids all around the world who admired me.

I've had a lot of time to think about what I've done. My failures have made me look at myself in a way I never wanted to before. It's now up to me to make amends and that starts by never repeating the mistakes I've made. It's up to me to start living a life of integrity.

I once heard, and I believe it's true, it's not what you achieve in life that matters; it's what you overcome. Achievements on the golf course are only part of setting an example. Character and decency are what really count.

Parents used to point to me as a role model for their kids. I owe all those families a special apology. I want to say to them that I am truly sorry.

It's hard to admit that I need help, but I do. For 45 days from the end of December to early February, I was in inpatient therapy receiving guidance for the issues I'm facing. I have a long way to go. But I've taken my first steps in the right direction.

As I proceed, I understand people have questions. I understand the press wants to ask me for the details and the times I was unfaithful. I understand people want to know whether Elin and I will remain together. Please know that as far as I'm concerned, every one of these questions and answers is a matter between Elin and me. These are issues between a husband and a wife.

Some people have made up things that never happened. They said I used performance-enhancing drugs. This is completely and utterly false. Some have written things about my family. Despite the damage I have done, I still believe it is right to shield my family from the public spotlight. They did not do these things; I did.

I have always tried to maintain a private space for my wife and children. They have been kept separate from my sponsors, my commercial endorsements. When my children were born, we only released photographs so that the paparazzi could not chase them. However, my behavior doesn't make it right for the media to follow my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to school and report the school's location. They staked out my wife and they pursued my mom. Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone.

I recognize I have brought this on myself, and I know above all I am the one who needs to change. I owe it to my family to become a better person. I owe it to those closest to me to become a better man. That's where my focus will be.

I have a lot of work to do, and I intend to dedicate myself to doing it. Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don't realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously, I lost track of what I was taught.

As I move forward, I will continue to receive help because I've learned that's how people really do change. Starting tomorrow, I will leave for more treatment and more therapy. I would like to thank my friends at Accenture and the players in the field this week for understanding why I'm making these remarks today.

In therapy, I've learned the importance of looking at my spiritual life and keeping in balance with my professional life. I need to regain my balance and be centered so I can save the things that are most important to me -- my marriage and my children.

That also means relying on others for help. I've learned to seek support from my peers in therapy, and I hope someday to return that support to others who are seeking help. I do plan to return to golf one day, I just don't know when that day will be.

I don't rule out that it will be this year. When I do return, I need to make my behavior more respectful of the game. In recent weeks, I have received many thousands of e-mails, letters and phone calls from people expressing good wishes. To everyone who has reached out to me and my family, thank you. Your encouragement means the world to Elin and me.

I want to thank the PGA Tour, Commissioner Finchem and the players for their patience and understanding while I work on my private life. I look forward to seeing my fellow players on the course.

Finally, there are many people in this room, and there are many people at home who believed in me. Today, I want to ask for your help. I ask you to find room in your heart to one day believe in me again.

Thank you.


John Mayer Just Wants To Play His Guitar

John Mayer performed in Nashville, TN for the first time since the Playboy Interview broke with some racial comments and comparing sex with Jessica Simpson to being addictive as a drug.

I think John is smart by saying he is done playing the media game which most likely means no interviews for a while. let your musicianship speak and let the clever things come from your songs and guitar playing.

There is no doubt he is sincere and he came quick with his apology but the main factor is, do you forgive him for his mistake?-Dr.FB


Taylor Swift Accepts Kanye West’s Apology

Drfunkenberry.com Exclusive Taylor Swift Loves L.A. Photo: Mike Taft
Drfunkenberry.com Exclusive Taylor Swift Loves L.A. Photo: Mike Taft

Drfunkenberry.com Exclusive Taylor Swift Loves L.A. Photo: Mike Taft

Taylor Swift went on "The View" yesterday and talked about the incident with Kanye West on Sunday and said that Mr. West still has not reached out to her.

Very shortly after, Kanye did get a hold of Taylor and apologized to her. She has accepted his apology and feels it was sincere.

Will this end the story?  Not likely. What do you think?-Dr.FB


Kanye West Issues Apology To Taylor Swift & MTV

Screen Shot of Kanye's Apology. Photo: KanyeWest.com
Screen Shot of Kanye's Apology. Photo: KanyeWest.com

Screen Shot of Kanye's Apology. Photo: KanyeWest.com

Kanye West took to his blog/web site to issue an apology for his douchey actions at the MTV Awards towards Taylor Swift.

What do you think? Kanye, you are going to have to do a lot more than that jackass!-Dr.FB


Perez Hilton Issues Apology; Black Eyed Peas Stay Silent

Wil I Am In Paris, France June 24th 2009.  Photo: Famepictures.com
Wil I Am In Paris, France June 24th 2009.  Photo: Famepictures.com

Wil I Am In Paris, France June 24th 2009. Photo: Famepictures.com

Perez Hilton, the gossip blogger, issued a sorry letter thru his website yesterday. Is he being sincere?

While saying he is sorry, he brings up the repeated blows to his head and saying violence is not the answer. Saying that he was standing up for himself instead of just walking away.  How is calling another man a f***** standing up for yourself. 

He does say whatever money he wins will be donated to charity.  Too bad he is not going to win any money.

Anyway, Wil I Am and the Black Eyed Peas are going about their business and trying to make most of their time while in Paris, France.  We heard they went to a comedy club last night.  Good for them.

I mean after all this crap, they at least deserve a laugh.-Dr.FB

What do you think of the apology?

Fergie In Paris France June 24th 2009.  Photo: Famepictures.com

Fergie In Paris France June 24th 2009. Photo: Famepictures.com