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GLAAD -- The NBA Must PUNISH Kobe Bryant

4/13/2011 6:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The NBA "must take action" against Kobe Bryant for dropping a homophobic slur during last night's Lakers game ... so says the head of the most influential gay rights group on the planet.

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TMZ spoke with Jarrett Barrios -- President of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation  -- who tells us, "[Kobe's] statement is a start, but the NBA must now take action."

Barrios continues, "No matter the intent, slurs like this fuel intolerance. The NBA has a chance to show leadership by taking disciplinary measures and sending a message that words like this have no place in sports."

The GLAAD honcho adds, "All sports leagues have a responsibility to create a safe environment for fans, employees and players.“

Kobe released a statement saying he didn't mean to offend anyone when he used the words "f**king f**got" last night ... but he never really apologized for using the slur.


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Amanda    

Shut up GLAAD! The PC crap is annoying!

1099 days ago
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Linda    

His apology was enough. If you put a camera in the face of someone who is really angry ( as he was ) chances are you are going to pick up them saying something vuglar OR rude. This is so much ado about nothing stop fanning the flames of political correctness.

1099 days ago
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Buckaroobonzai    

we are bacteria floating on a rock in the middle of nowhere arguing a word.

1099 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Of course he must be. That's a given. The question is how much? Some bs fine or bs 5 game suspension? Seems to me the way you really hurt these people are their wallets. Keep them from buying another mansion or Lamborghini. They hate that. Should be something substantial. C'mon NBA, ignore their blind lemming followers & do the right thing. This guy clearly has not leanred a lesson in being a sportsman or a decent human being.

1099 days ago
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Linda    

Get over it Harvey...

1099 days ago
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Davey-Boy    

Oh PLEASE.

Isn't there more important BS to think about than some basketball player, spouting off in the heat of the moment.

Have ANY of these holier-than-thou folks ever watched a comedy act on Comedy Central?

Yes, comedy does heal the soul. Maybe some of these GLAAD folks need to get out more. Seems they've been spending WAY too much time in their Ivory Towers.

1099 days ago
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DizzKid    

That was fast!

1099 days ago
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Cartman    

GLAAD sure is acting butt-hurt. They should be used to that.

1099 days ago
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Linda    

I am sure Kobe Bryant has been subjected to being called the N word. Get over it for Pete's sake are we going to become the "word police" too. If you don't like the fact he said then don't....no one is going to crucify him for it nor should they.

1099 days ago
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cementmixer    

What a bunch of cry babies. Go after tv shoes like Modern Family that make fun of you sissys.

1099 days ago
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sick of it    

GLAAD go SUCK on SOMETHING !!!!!!

1099 days ago
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elpablo    

Surprised Jarret Barrios was able to take the c*ck out of his mouth long enough to make a statement. lol. Homosexuality will never be "tolerated" nor should it be. It is perverted and these people need help.

1099 days ago
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Morph_Dusseldorf    

Let it go. He apologized. People say and do stupid things they don't mean when they get frustrated.

1099 days ago
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Linda    

Gay people NEVER use the "N" word? Shut up you cry babies and get a life. He apologized he does not owe you anything else.

1099 days ago
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elpablo    

#18, That comparison doesn't make any sense. You're comparing race, an immutable, non-transferable behavior with race. That doesn't work.

1099 days ago
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