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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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46.

tigerblood    

This is so gay.

1286 days ago
47.

Superman    

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

Posted at 3:09 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by Rabbitt
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He didn't call "somebody a name". He insulted a NBA referee! That should have gotten him ejected from the game. But, since he is Kobe Bryant, the league doesn't want their star players not playing! The NBA is a crock of crap!

1286 days ago
48.

Saul rosenberg    

This country really is a bunch of *******! Give me a break, its just words people, if anyone really thinks Kobe was lashing out and intentionally trying to offend the gay community, well then I think your all fuc_ing ***_ots

1286 days ago
49.

mousetrap    

And 100k is absolutely ridiculous. Anyone saying oh, that's like 1 dollar to him, get real. 100 grand is a lot of money to ANYONE. absolutely beyond stupid.

1286 days ago
50.

Sam    

He's got a billion dollars, if you used that word at work you'd be fired. There is a reason we don't tolerate abuse in this country, it's called the Declaration of Independance.

The U.S.A. was formed in order to prevent her citizens from being abused.

1286 days ago
51.

Quinn    

Calling someone a f*ggot doesn't necessarily mean they think you're gay. It's just a diss sometimes and nothing more.

1286 days ago
52.

Amanda    

That's gay, I mean retarded.

1286 days ago
53.

TheMarshmallowMan    

HEY KOBE, RAPE ANY GOOD WOMEN LATELY????????????????

1286 days ago
54.

janet    

All of GLAAD people, How about lighten up on your own self-slurs. Fine yourselves. How come that doesn't happen?

1286 days ago
55.

en Todo Momento!!    

and what do the mexicans think about all this, considering this is a team in the largest mexican latino population city of Los Angeles!! i mean imagine the other things he could say!!! maybe they just wanted to expose him cost it what it will!! you go mehico!! take your prizes!!

1286 days ago
56.

onedollarbill    

Stern trying to keep the black man down.......


/sarcasm... Kobe made 48 Million 100K is nothing to him, but it's still a bull**** fine.

1286 days ago
57.

Quinn    

#57

If you made nearly 50 million every year 100k would not be a lot of money to you. To me, yes, it's a lot of money, but to Bryant it's nothing.

1286 days ago
58.

Sam    

If Kobe Bryant understands he is free to use these remarks on anyone he choses to then he should not be offended when his children are remarked as such in school. The abuse Kobe gives others around him at his workplace reflects the abuse his family suffers in his private life.

1286 days ago
59.

Brasil    

@ When will this blacks learn some good behavior. Another day, another black doing something bad.

Posted at 3:12 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by OKS


Would it have been better if he was white and said it. YOu idiot. If you get fined for that, then you should get fined for using the N word, and other racial insults. When people get angry they don't check themselves and say oh let me say this instead of that. In the heat of the moment people say whatever comes out of their mouth and some regret it after and some don't. Some of you act like A. you've never said that when you were mad and B. Like he should be fired for that. O'h Please. And to the person who said it's like we have to bow down to them people you are so right. Every and anything offends them. And it's going to get worse, if they don't get a job all they have to do is say it's b/c their gay when it's probably just them and have nothing to do with them being gay.

1286 days ago
60.

Bill    

Forget the fine. Let's get Jesse down here with a personal 2 hour sermon on verbal etiquette for Kobe. That oughta keep him quiet for a couple of weeks.

1286 days ago
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