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Kobe

Fined $100k

'Offensive and Inexcusable'

4/13/2011 6:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant was just fined $100k by the NBA for his homophobic slur at the Lakers game last night.

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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.”

As we previously reported, Kobe mouthed the words, "f**king f**got" after getting a technical foul during the game.

FYI -- according to Forbes.com, Kobe made an estimated $48 million last year in salary and endorsements.

UPDATE: A rep for the Human Rights Campaign -- an LGBT civil rights organization -- tells TMZ, "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."

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1.

Caligirl    

Oh yeah, like THAT is gonna hurt him? He craps 100k bills.

1206 days ago
2.

bring back recent posts    

raping a hotel employee is ok though...whew

1206 days ago
3.

HarryPalms    

Well deserved.
100K beats a bar of soap in the mouth.

Now, Kobe, try saying that slur ten times

1206 days ago
4.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Would it have been better if he said mf-er or azzhole? Is it only bad because he used a homophobic slur as a curse word? Political correctness has gone to far when you have to be picky about the curse words you use in anger.

1206 days ago
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squeakermama    

Ok now we will expect him to again express his unhappy feelings on the court. Polly throw away a shot so his team can lose. What a baby.

1206 days ago
6.

Gerri    

Sounds like Kobe may have some closeted issues. The ones who scream out the loudest against something are usually guilty of it themselves.

1206 days ago
7.

Holly    

Pocket change

1206 days ago
8.

Justin    

Doesn't matter if it's just change for him, it sends a message that it's not alright to go around and spew homophobic slurs just like that. Well done David Stern!

1206 days ago
9.

Kimo    

He needs a 100k slap acrossed his big melon head!!! ALL THESE SPORT STARS HAVEN'T ANY MANNERS! AS LONG AS THEY GET PAID INSANE AMOUNTS OF MONEY WE ARE JUST CREATING TEMPORARY GODS! ICK! WE ARE GOING DOWN IN FLAMES AMERICA!

1206 days ago
10.

S    

That was the most useless thing that could be done.
"It's okay to use offensive language kids, even if you're a world known icon - AS LONG AS YOURE RICH."

1206 days ago
11.

stonermoog    

that's coffee money, chumpchange to this rich POS. he sneezes into money bigger than that.

1206 days ago
12.

MDW    

What happened the the 1st amendment?

1206 days ago
13.

Sam    

The FCC should also charge him with a Hate Crime and he should be punished, if not they should instead charge the NBA and the channel that was broadcasting his hate speech.

1206 days ago
14.

Samuel Braff    

What a class act!

1206 days ago
15.

James    

DAVID STERN YOU'RE A JOKE AND A HALF! YOU SHOULD HAVE SUSPENDED BRYANT. HIT HIM WHERE IT HURTS. THE COURT!

1206 days ago
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