« BACK TO TMZ TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.

0413_kobe_bryant_GLAAD_ex

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.


0413_kobe_bryant_footer_V2

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
134 COMMENTS

No Avatar
31.

Scott    

For being a homosexual group, they sure are a bunch of tight a$$es! STFU glaad and get over it! He said it and so what if you don't like it.. Does the straight community have a dumba$$ group to protect our "honor"? No we don't and we don't need one.. nuf said!

1251 days ago
32.

tigerblood    

If he had said ****ing ****sucker would that have been ok?

1251 days ago
33.

Sam    

Kobe is only speaking for every player in the NBA, their silence asupport for his actions.

1251 days ago
34.

Flyboy    

djdeej94, yes, Kobe does owe an apology, he used an anti-gay slur.

Words cause harm. People are attacked, and abused every day with this language. It's wrong. Think about the CHILDREN. Think about the GAY TEENS out there. Why should they have to deal with this language? Sorry homophobes, but gay people exist. You can't just ignore their existence forever.

1251 days ago
35.

Linda    

Last I checked the word police are not fining us yet...any of us

1251 days ago
36.

dd    

@CLARE why are u comparing sexual orientation to race??? GET A CLUE!

1251 days ago
37.

fran    

oh for heavens sakes
this is all a bunch of nonsense, waste of space

1251 days ago
38.

NDNchief    

It was only a ref, geez. They don't count as people on the court during the game.

1251 days ago
39.

Brandt    

Sounds like Kobe would make a good recruit for Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church I attempted to address their bigotry and insanity with a portrait of the good reverend on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/03/fred-phelps-and-westboro-baptist-church.html Drop in and let me know what you think!

1251 days ago
40.

Flyboy    

Scott, straight people aren't abused for being straight. Why do straight people abuse gay people? Gay people do not abuse straights. People like you abuse gays. You want respect and give none. You say that GLAAD needs to shut up, but you really should shut up with your bigotry, because that is the problem here.

1251 days ago
41.

dd    

Harvey I think u should be sued for all of the filthy names u allow others to call women and minorities on ur website!

1251 days ago
42.

Sam    

He would have been removed from his High School team, he would have been removed from his College team and he should be removed from the NBA. When you allow Kobe to abuse the people in the NBA you're betraying your fans.

Real men don't insult each other.

1251 days ago
43.

tigerblood    

He could have called the ref a filthy mudblood. Would that offend the wizarding community?

1251 days ago
44.

Nancy    

Oh good grief! Get over yourself GLAAD. I'm more embarrassed for Labron James. Get your crazy ass mom under control would ya?

1251 days ago
45.

jeebus    

Ok seriously, I understand that the gay community has to deal with a lot of ignorant people out there continuing to spread bs about how being a homosexual is a choice when IT IS NOT. There has been studies and some even say proof that there is such a thing as the homosexual gene. Human beings are animals and guess what? Homosexuality does in fact exist in the animal kingdom. Simple as that.

The main reason why so many find this repulsive and ugly is the fact that most monotheistic religions and consequently society say it is. That unfortunately will never change so long as religion continues to rule the world. Sorry folks

With ALL THAT SAID, i still its a bit ridiculous for GLAAD to get into a huff. Yeah, he said it. was it right? heck no! Did he really mean it? Probably not. You say things you don't mean when you're angry or upset about something. it just HAPPENS. Now, if this was a repeated offense, or if he continues to do it THEN ok, get pissed off, say he deserves a suspension WHATEVER, but for a first time offense? Come on.

I am a huge supporter of all things gay (I myself am bisexual) but i think sometimes the gay community take things WAYYYYYY too far and try to use this as an excuse. And btw, I'm also a mexican bisexual woman. YEAH so I know all about discrimination.

1251 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web