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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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61.

Sam    

There is a difference between Kobe and young kids in a playground, the kids know better.

1203 days ago
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justsaying23    

58.
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.

Posted at 3:21 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by Sam


You are an IDIOT...it's called FREE SPEECH. I don't see any LAWS that say you can't say f*ggot...or N*gg*r...people are just to damned sensitive. Get over it...it's just a word and only hurts if you let it hurt.

FREE SPEECH, FREE SPEECH, FREE SPEECH...you know that thing that GLAAD using in order to protest all the right, they use their right to protest and FREE SPEECH but yet constantly try to take that right away from everyone that isn't like them. I'm getting sick of it. I want EQUAL rights for everyone but it's upsetting when people I fight for them to have equal rights take away the rights of someone else.

DAVID STERN YOU ARE A JOKE!!!! I'm not a Kobe fan but this **** is just stupid. Next they will be fining every player that says "f*cking p*ssy" I see players using offensive language all the time...FINE THEM ALL THEN FINE ALL THE FANS IN THE ARENA USING WORSE LANGUAGE.

1203 days ago
63.

geezlouise    

$100,000 against $48,000,000 2010 income = about .21%

This is equivalent to someone who makes $60...,000/yr paying about a $126 fine.

At a constant fine rate, and the fines only affecting his 2010 earnings, Kobe could say that slur every regular season game for almost 6 seasons and never have it affect his earnings for those 6 seasons.

See, math can be fun!!!!

1203 days ago
64.

Quinn    

#73


It's not a freedom of speech issue. Go back to school.

1203 days ago
65.

Mark    

Wow! The guy got totally a$$ raped for saying ***got!

1203 days ago
66.

Physical Graffiti    

LMAO! Aren't punishments supposed to teach you something?! That's couch change to him! He'll never miss it! Lame!

1203 days ago
67.

Flyboy    

Fined 100Ks! Hahahaha. This is how things should get done. Homophobia=punishment. Homophobes=condemnation. Things are definitely changing for the better. Hopefully people learn that homophobia literally doesn't pay off, or, expect consequences.

1203 days ago
68.

janet    

It's all bull crap.

1203 days ago
69.

Brasil    

@ Quinn
Thank You. He wasn't insulting gay people, he was mad and cursing and that was the curse that came out.
I'm thinking if he said b.i.t.c.h, would Peta come out b/c he's insulting female dogs. It's like nowadays you got to walk on egg shells, in this free country.

1203 days ago
70.

WOW    

Ok first time reading this!! How crazy is that Who freakin really care that much about a damn word!!! Come the on!!! That is so freaking stupid "gay ppl" act like they are the only ones who can use the word not anybody else!!! Stop getting butty hurt over the word!!!

1203 days ago
71.

Flyboy    

This has nothing to do with freedom of speech, everything to do with respect towards others in a civil society, and a group of people tired of being denigrated and not taking no for an answer.

1203 days ago
72.

Guy    

But if he said something anti-Semitic I'm sure there would be no fine. So we fine people for saying a word but protesting funerals is protected speech? Okay......

1203 days ago
73.

VictoriaGirl    

Kobe is, was and always will be a huge douche and Im sure he doesnt care about losing $100,000, thats like pocket change to him.

1203 days ago
74.

tigerblood    

Why is the NBA so worried about GLAAD? Everyone knows fa.gs don't watch basketball.

1203 days ago
75.

Some Guy    

Holly sh*t people, get over it

1203 days ago
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