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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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16.

ErinAndrewsIsAFameWhore    

To the ***s comparing the word ***got to ******...maybe you'd have a point if the word ***got was coined by the men who enslaved your people for hundreds of years. STOP comparing the gay plight to that of the black man in America, you ***s.

1251 days ago
17.

snoop    

Gays are the biggest self entitled cry babies! get over it F...gots

1251 days ago
18.

Jah36    

Stop comparing race with a behavior.

1251 days ago
19.

ThatOneGuy    

Oh come on GLADD, Gay people don't watch any sports except wrestling, give em a break :)

1251 days ago
20.

Cartman    

People need to stop comparing being a pervert to being racist.

A person chooses to be a pervert and no one can change what race they are born. And if you want to say "gays" are born that way then I suppose we must be accepting of child molestors because, obviously, they were born that way too.

This is where PC leads.

1251 days ago
21.

Flyboy    

I am so surprised how quick everything has blown up. I read about this about 6 hours ago, and it's gone from a couple of websites reporting it to rumors of Kobe being suspended the entire first round of the playoffs. I can't say it's a bad thing, either.

This is how it's going to continue to be, too. Just like we saw with Larry Johnson, and the makers of the Dilemma movie. Just like Chris Brown. You use an anti-gay slur, you are homophobia, you pay the cost. Gay people aren't going to just sit and take abuse anymore. You want to abuse them, you will pay a price.

1251 days ago
22.

Linda    

Who are they to demand MORE than a apology to something he said with a camera in his face while he was pi$$ed off? He didn't yse the word in the course of an interview or a normal converstaion. Is he sorry he said it...YES. And he was man enough to apologize. Stop whining Harvey

1251 days ago
23.

Gsharon 710    

Punish everyone who has used that word and others similarly, the remaining people would be lonely. Stop the madness....damn

1251 days ago
24.

rob    

Wow! There are a lot of "straight" men out there full of hate for the gay community. It's just a reminder how far we have NOT come. It's frightening to think these people have children and they are probably being taught hate and a lack of tolerance. What other group is on your hate list? I did not select gay on the form they gave me at birth. I WAS BORN THIS WAY! I know plenty of men who chose to be "straight" to save them the embarrassment and harrassment many have experienced. They were raised to believe your are a deviant. My parents let me work it out for myself. I didn't want to live a lie! As an American we all have rights. Please be tolerant of your neighbors and do not spew hateful rhetoric out of ignorance or FEAR!

1251 days ago
25.

Flyboy    

Gay doesn't=child molester, Cartman. Only in the minds of the demented.

Also, for all of you saying "get over it". You are all self-entitled, silver spooned, spoiled brats. No, gay people will not get over discrimination or denigration. You get over your bigotry. You continue being bigoted, you will continue to see hell raised. Treat people the way you want to be treated, or get treated like dirt.

1251 days ago
26.

LORI    

OMG get over it!! He didn't threaten anyone! Beat the crap out of anyone!! If society cannot blow off steam with words of there choice, then this world has just gone over the edge!!!!!
NO HARM DONE!!

1251 days ago
27.

Flyboy    

Rob, as a non-homosexual, I'll say this. Normal straight men know homophobes are diseased. Most straight men aren't diseased. Gay-oriented threads attract homophobes as they are obsessed with homosexuality. They are personality disordered and should be seen as such.

The word can be used by 1 person or 100. Wrong is wrong. The only people crying about are you immature people with no command of the English language. You act like your toys are being taken away. Time to grow up and learn to live in a civil society.

1251 days ago
28.

dd    

OK LETS PUT A HALT TO THE PLAYOFFS WILL YOU BE HAPPY THEN GLAAD?

1251 days ago
29.

djdeej94    

oh for cryin out loud GLAAD, get over your pansie selves.. it isn't always gonna work bitchin about this.. we get it.. ur offended.. join the rest of the girls, boys, blacks, whites, latinos, asians, misfit humans around the GLOBE who're offended every single day... he doesn't owe you CRAP!

1251 days ago
30.

Linda    

Dang fools...you want to be mad about something? Be vpi$$ed off that gasoline is $4.50 a gallon.

1251 days ago
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