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Kobe Bryant

Homophobic Slur

During NBA Game?

4/13/2011 10:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant appeared to hurl a homophobic slur towards an NBA referee during a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game last night ... and it was all caught on tape.
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It happened during the 3rd quarter after Kobe got hit with a technical foul. The NBA star -- clearly upset -- screams for the ref (Bennie Adams) and appears to mouth the words, "F**king f**got."

One of the announcers then comments, "You might wanna take the cameras off of him right now, for the children watching."

UPDATE: A rep for the team tells us, "The Lakers can not confirm that is what Kobe said or not."

Story developing ...

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151.

FNN    

Crucify him, just for the principle of the matter! If a white man called him the N word out of anger, he'd be demanding that person's job!

Hey, dark skinned people, quit being so offendable by mere words and maybe maybe you won't get the bad karma of "what goes around, comes around."

1101 days ago
152.

M    

@Posted at 6:47 AM on Apr 13, 2011 by Bash

So, so many wrong, disturbing things about your ignorant comment. I hope when you go to hell Satan rapes your ass on a continuous 2 minute cycle. Moron.

1101 days ago
153.

monty    

At least he didn't RAPE the referee. This showed real courage and self restraint on Kobe's part it you think about it.

1101 days ago
154.

M    

Kobe is a rapist ****** anyway so who ****ing cares. Give me a news story I wasn't expecting.

1101 days ago
155.

Chad    

To whoever asked, "why is this news". It's news because if it were a white person and they said fu@%i&* *****$ it would be all over every news channel and NAACP would be non stop talking about it. Go HRC! you're just as important. everyone is equal. besides kobe's low life ugly a$$.

1101 days ago
156.

Chad    

totally agree m. dont forget where you came from kobe. african americans had to put up with this shiz with NiG6Er and other slurs. so lets not keep it going. cause im sure we can think of alot of things to call your black ass.

1101 days ago
157.

Al    

Kobe's wrong - period, along with anyone that dismisses it just because he was angry. Folks need to think about how they would feel if he - or anyone - used an expression like "you f****ng k*ke" or "you f****ng n****r". No one would let that go - and rightly - even if it was said in anger because those are offensive, hurtful words. So is fa**ot.

1101 days ago
158.

Al    

Kobe's wrong - period, along with anyone that dismisses it just because he was angry. Folks need to think about how they would feel if he - or anyone - used an expression like "you f****ng k*ke" or "you f***ng n****r". No one would let that go, even if it was said in anger because those are offensive, hurtful words. So is fa**ot.

1101 days ago
159.

Mac     

**** TMZ!

1101 days ago
160.

Josh    

Wow so if the white ref turned around and called him a F^^^ing N#$$er everyone would be just cool with it and words don't mean a thing. Bunch of hypocritical bigots. People defending this word are total lowlives and if you use it your parents were s***bags. The rampant homphobia in the black community is out of control and trust me black people the republicans hate your guts but they like your haterd for gay people.

1101 days ago
161.

Ron    

The developing story is most of the people who have posted think it OK to use the 'N' word and 'F' word at will. I love a country that has so many haters in it. Well done!

1101 days ago
162.

Tacotime    

This is a TMZ website and you guys are really asking " Is this really news?" & "Who cares?". Have you noticed celebrity news isnt really news? Fu&&ing Fa&&ots. Duh!

1101 days ago
163.

Hoopmom    

Homophobic means that you are afraid of homosexuals...correct? This may be derogatory...but not homophobic. People say stuff all the time that they do not necessarily mean...even gay people...so do not judge him for something he said in the heat of the moment. He apologized...move on. I agree with Josh....just because it is about gays..people freak out. People are WAY to sensitive.

1101 days ago
164.

j    

I have no interest in anything about him or the sports world, but clearly this is a squirrel trying to get a nut. And at the end of the day everybody who is honest knows that he has exploited everybody in his life for his own self gain (ask his grandmother). That it is surprising that a person like that would use that word...is just a joke. He is a disgrace to his family, his people and his country. And it does not matter how much money he makes or how many women he rapes or how many $500 tennis shoes he wears, he is a shame to all of us.

So, he can jump around in his sponsored paid for shorts, as an over aged adolescent and you idiots can buy him expensive sport cars and make your money,but at the end of the day...we all know that you are all *******s who need a lot of money to make sure that no one will see you for the cowardly insecure, punks that you are and, quite frankly speaking, simply do not know how to take care of your families and friends and will not ever do an honest days work. Good luck with that...eventually you all will be buried in in your own patheticness.

1101 days ago
165.

Rob    

"IF" it were a white person making a comment (N-word) it would be a huge deal.

ONCE AGAIN, double-standard!!!!

KOBE CANT CARRY JORDAN'S SHOES...KOBE IS A CREEP. ASK DENVER!

1101 days ago
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