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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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106.

Sam Sunshine     

You gay people need to chill and jump in your Subaru's and go for a long drive on Pch in CA.

1258 days ago
107.

tangy    

He apologized let it go.We all say things in frustration in the heat of the moment.Not saying its an excuse but you don't be thinking.He has lived with being called a ****** just because someone wanted to say it not because it was mistakenly said in frustration in the heat of the moment longer.In white America, you have to live with being called a ******.So get over this it doesn't compare.One is frustration and the other is pure hate.

1258 days ago
108.

Ralph    

Im glaade the fine will go to the NBA and not a selective outraged orginzation like glaad.

1258 days ago
109.

Ralph    

Kobe Apology was enough, glaad selective outrage is annoying at best. I watched will&Grace the other night and they used the F@$ word without a worry. I wonder if glaad will call every cable or Dish corporation with out rage to pull the show and to pay a fine. glaad selective outrage.

1258 days ago
110.

leslie    

FOR BEING GLAAD VERY LITTE HAPPY FACES. LET THIS GO IT IS LIKE A HAMSTER ON A WHEEL RUNNING RUNING, RUNNING. TREATMENT IS UNKIND BUT IT NOT EVER GOING SWAY LOOK AT THE CREATION VS EVOLUTION.

1258 days ago
111.

en Todo Momento!!    

was it with gladds help, that fa.g.g got banned as a word in the first place? the term for a musical instrument, and actual english language term referrring to a classical musical instrument was banned, because it referred to homosexual males in a poor way??? how oppressive is that, please, to erase a word out of the english language for the sake of who exactly is a mystery to me. but thank you glad for maintaining your power position. what next? erase 'threatenting' people towards male homosexuality?

1258 days ago
112.

David    


I thought I'd check out different sites reporting what has happened so I could see what different people's comments would be. I'm not at all surprised that the majority of the people here sound just as bad if not worse then Kobe. Guys who are sports nuts, both black and white, I have found have the brain capacity of neandrethals and the manners and beliefs of KKK members..and I'm including the black men in that statement.
To say you should all be ashamed of yourself is both an understatement and something that will never happen. I only hope someone does something wrong to you and when you complain about it we can all call you whiners and other names like you do here. You're all pathetic.
One last thing. To the idiot(s) who wrote..I have nothing against gays unless they (fill in the blank) you're such liars it ridiculous. That means you do have trouble with them. Don't fool yourselves. You people are as bad as Kobe.

1258 days ago
113.

PCisjustwrong    

The queers have to make it about themselves even though Kobe didn't aim his comment toward anyone who was actually a homosexual. I guess they just want to keep their names in the paper as the free speech police (i.e. - free speech is ok as long as they approve it).

1258 days ago
114.

Kristen    

Is this a joke? does the gay community really not have anything else more serious to worry about? Does the black community cause a circus every time they hear the "N" word on a snoop dogg album? Gay people need to get over themselves, this is truly appalling that they feel they deserve that much respect and attention, NO ONE GETS THAT MUCH RESPECT AND ATTENTION.

1258 days ago
115.

Jon    

wow why does GLADD give a eff? Someone said *** and they go crazy.. In London a *** is a cigarette, or at least that is what they call them.. I was working on a boat and a guy said hey dude you got an extra ***? I said excuse me.. he said you know a ***? After the dumbfounded look on my face he said a smoke dude a smoke..
So does ***g or gladd oppose the use of the term *** when referring to a cigarette?
Damn homos are are stinking up the joint :)
<----PRO NON GAY

1258 days ago
116.

knows.the.truth    

GLAAD - Get f'n over yourself. Have you ever heard the stuff that comes out of the mouths of gays, about straights??? #15 "Gay people NEVER use the "N" word?" Yeah, but they love to hang their junk out whenever there is some bloody parade and we have to put with and no one is supposed to say anything otherwise it is a hate crime. Halloween (San Francisco) - naked people in the street - the "Gay Pride Parade" - gay people naked in the street - then there is the White Party, the Red Party, the Black Party - all the while bitching and moaning that they want to be treated like everyone else - WELL WHY DON'T YOU ACT LIKE IT!!

1258 days ago
117.

lrud99    

Excuse me?? Whatever happened to "FREEDOM OF SPEECH"????

1258 days ago
118.

Louie    

He shouldn't have to apologize at all. It is what it is. People are too sensitive these days. There are worse things that could have been said.

1258 days ago
119.

en Todo Momento!!    

oh please, you know that gladd is simply a cover up for some shady and atrocious activity that funnels these funds directly to PeTA who in turn multiplies them by a large number. gladd only has a history of shady operations, probably including child porn or who knows what outside the us. they are not known for anything significant and have no traceable history whatsoever, which rings the loudest alarm siren in heads. you'd be scared to discover what gladd really uses all their funding for (such as these $100.000 that would be given directly to them for so called 'public education') funding child cannibalism and who the hell knows what. crazy pretend gays.

1258 days ago
120.

Strunz28    

Why wasn't the same punishment called for when Perez Hilton called Will I. Am the same thing? Hypocrites.

1258 days ago
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