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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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I'm a crazy person...    

This is like a $10 fine for the average people. just about face!

Posted at 2:58 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by duilama

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I disagree, this is more like a $1 fine for the average people.

While, I do not believe that Kobe intended his slur in the manner that GLAAD is stirring it up to be, I DO believe that Kobe is a whiny little b!tch and this "fine" Kobe's bank account won't even notice. The guy makes considerably more than that in interest alone.

1199 days ago
17.

Chris    

Kobe just issued out a statement. He said he meant to say "***goto", it's a special Italian dessert. He was mentioning that he got upset and he was craving some "***goto".

I guess the next time he gets upset he will crave some "***ghetti". It's a special kind of Spaghetti.

1199 days ago
18.

NDNchief    

He should appeal. I remember my dad had one of those HUGE satellite dishes in the backyard in the 80's and early 90's before they started scrambling all the satellite feeds. Anyways, back then you could get the direct feed for sporting events with no commercials. During the commercials the camera men would be checking out the cheerleaders or wide shots or bench shots and we could see it. I remember Scotty Pippen had the worst mouth. Cussing outloud or talking smack to the refs. He had such a squeaky clean image then. Refs are Frakkin F.ag.s though.

1199 days ago
19.

ChiBears1    

And who gets that money?

1199 days ago
20.

Bob Johnson    

Thats equivalent of someone making aroung $50,000 a year receiving a $100 fine.

1199 days ago
21.

GlobalDia    

how does this not surprise me, he always was and always will be a lowlife. but so many stupid people just let these idiots slide.

stop buying nike products and maybe these people will change their tune.

1199 days ago
22.

jj    

Kobe is shooting too much on and off the court, if you know what i mean... He probably bored with the women and wants a change, checked out some male porn on the web was "mildly excited" and made those comments out of fear not hate. Plus he was pissed off at the moment. What he said was out of line but this is the guy who changed his number to 24 so that he would be better than 23 michael jordan, at least in his mind. Kobe will realize that he is not jordan even if he wins a sixth or seventh title. overall bad move, uncalled for.

1199 days ago
23.

Sam    

Was this okay with Bill Cosby? Is Bill Cosby quiet about this one? Oprah is quiet too I'm sure. They must both be away.

1199 days ago
24.

Alvin Law    

Chippy pennies.

1199 days ago
25.

Rabbitt    

That's ridiculous. He calls somebody a name and he owes 100k? What a load of crap. GTFO. The world has become completely wussified.

1199 days ago
26.

CCC    

To psot #6 squeekermama - What are you talking about? Not only will he go out and play his ass off, but he will will act in a more appropriate manner. He apologized for what he said. Of course people like you will always hate on him. That's fine, but yopur comment was assnine.

1199 days ago
27.

MyOpinionOnly    

That's a good start. Unfortunately the only way this pig would learn is to hit him in the pocketbook. Words may be words, but knowing full well that you are on LIVE TV should make you keep your anger and/or words in check. There is no excuse for this type of behaviour. And what a pitiful attempt at apologizing. He is a disgrace.

1199 days ago
28.

#1sexybeast    

KOBE SHOULD DONATE THE MONEY TO A LOCAL GAY AND LESBIAN CHARITY, SUCH AS THE GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER IN LOS ANGELES. WHERE TEENS, RUNAWAYS, ARE IN NEED OF HELP, AND COULD REALLY USE THE $$$ TO FUND THEIR SERVICES. I THINK....

1199 days ago
29.

Jodi    

LOL...exactly what I said. Kobe will pay a huge fine and that will be it. He will say it again but will make sure the camera don't catch him next time. $100,000 is pocket change to him.

1199 days ago
30.

dd    

Are u satisfied now?

1199 days ago
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