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
Kobe Bryant, who was seen mouthing the words "F'ng F*g" at Tuesdays game after a referee called him for a technical foul, was fined $100,000 by the NBA. Kobe is appealing the fine. No suspension was given to Bryant. Not sure if it is now the regular season is over and it's playoffs, or they never intended on suspending him.
Kobe is already appealing the fine and saying it is "standard protocol" and added: "The concern that I have is for those that follow what I say ... look to me as a role model .. for them not to take what was said as a message of hate or a license to degrade ... or to embarrass or tease ... because that's something I don't wanna see have happen." ""It's OK to be who you are."
He made those comments earlier to ESPN radio. He did not apologize for saying it however.
P.S. we posted the photo above to show this is not the "gayest" think Kobe has ever done.
Should Kobe apologize for his verbal outburst?-Dr.FB
Diagnosis: The Doc NEVER Uses The "N" Word Or That "F" Word