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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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JP    

Sorry, I have to respond to this story with one big fat ass
SO WHAT!?!
Holy crap people, get a friggin grip! If you get your little feelers hurt by words, then check out now, cuz life is ugly!

1198 days ago
242.

wifmnot    

So what have you all ever been all charged up playing a very physical game--so what he said something in the heat of the moment he's human. Big deal , I personally am not a politically correct person so go for it Kobe express your feelings. Poo-Hoo
This country is just pandering to our enemies to much and they are taking advantage of us because of it. GET OVER IT PEOPLE

1198 days ago
243.

John    

Bunch of whiners. The word "fa**ot", much like the word "retard", is not used in literal form anymore, but more as a general insult. LGBT are a bunch of idiots oversensitive idiots.

1198 days ago
244.

HighCommander    

Is truth no longer a legitimate defense? How do you know the object of Kobe's comment isn't a "f-ing f_gg_t?" Maybe Kobe has had some personal experience with the "f-ing f_gg_t." The Bible says "f-ing f_gg_ts" are to be stoned and put to death. Could it be that Kobe was merely performing a public service by identifying a particularly noxious "f-ing f_gg_t?"

1198 days ago
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susan    

A hate crime? Really? Sam, come on. That's ridiculous. Whatever did happen to the first ammendment anyway. Come on people. Geez. Get a life.

1197 days ago
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