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Kobe Bryant Apologizes To Gay Community For Outburst

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The NBA fined Kobe Bryant $100,000 for his outburst against a referee in the Lakers' Tuesday night win over the San Antonio Spurs.

After being called for a technical foul, Bryant hit a chair, threw a towel and called referee Bennie Adams a "f--king f--got". The tirade was caught on camera by TNT, which was televising the game.

Bryant issued an apology on Wednesday, saying, "What I said (Tuesday) 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."

NBA Commissioner David Stern said the distasteful term used by Bryant should never be tolerated..

 



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Kobe Bryant apologized Wednesday for his outburst at a referee in the Lakers' win over San Antonio on Tuesday.

After being called for a techincal foul in the third quarter, Bryant was seen on camera calling referee Bennie Adams a "f---king f--got" as he hit a chair and threw a towel.

Said Bryant in a statement, "What I said (Tuesday) 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."

The NBA said Wednesday it was looking into Bryant's actions

 


 

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HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - In the middle of the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 102-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant received a technical foul for continuing to argue with the referee.

As Bryant made his way to the bench, he was visibly upset and shouted a homophobic slur at referee Bennie Adams.

TNT cameras caught the five-time NBA champion clearly calling Adams a "f--king f--got."

Steve Kerr noticed and said that TNT "might want to take the camera off him right now, for the children watching."

On Monday, the NBA rescinded Bryant's 15th technical foul of the season.

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