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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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31.

Stella    

@ 44 Mikey....

Good Point.....LOL

1255 days ago
32.

Tamara    

Ok, he should really have not said 'f*cking', the announcer is right there are lots of kids watching. As for the other while some do not like the word, it is not a curse word.

1255 days ago
33.

Vault101    

Who cares. People need to stop caring so much about words. Sticks and stones people!

1255 days ago
34.

petey    

he said clearly... "YOU BUCKET MAGGOTT" clearly! get off his nuts...! and im not even a fan!! sheesh!LOL

1255 days ago
35.

Armyuv1    

God...really? When are these magical fairies going to develop some semblance of thick skin. You won, you made your way into the Military, which was my last bastion of hetero freedom and sunk it to the slums with the rest of San Fransicko.

Sit quietly and do your homo thing in private, stop waving pink flags.

1255 days ago
36.

kim    

I think he said, Japanese rabbit!!!

1255 days ago
37.

agold    

Let's come back to reality for a moment. If Kobe Bryant, or ANY of us for that matter, had to constantly have his/her Politically Correct Radar (tm) on at ALL times, well, none of us would ever get ANYTHING done. Ever. Period. End of story. Story not developing.

We all do it.Even the people that take offense often make the same mistake, whether it's in public or the privacy of their homes.

Using that specific word doesn't mean anything. It, unfortunately, has been a word to convey anger and try to belittle another mans masculinity. No different than calling someone a "pu ss y". It's also about lack of education. Kobe doesn't have anything under his belt other than High School. So, his vocabulary consists only of mainly locker room talk. Beyond that he only mimics what he picks up on, without the true meaning, only what he thinks the word is associated with, like most uneducated people. That's it. Period. So don't roast the man by calling him out on getting angry and using the wrong word in a pressure situation. Or being ignorant. Calling out ignorant people for doing silly, yet human, things is like yelling at a dog for licking it's own balls. It's ridiculous.

1255 days ago
38.

MYGRANDAMGT    

Ok fine, I don't want to hear the ******S crying racism anymore,,,so sick of this crap!!!!!!!

1255 days ago
39.

Strunz28    

Who cares?

1255 days ago
40.

Hello is anybody in there?    

Will David "the dictator" Stern suspend Kobe? I'm guessing he has too or GlAAD and LBGT will boycott the NBA.

Now if they suspend him he could of cost his team a chance to 3 pete.

1255 days ago
41.

Mike Sarasota    

People sports and celebrities are not role models period...If we stopped making them such we would not have these issues...

1255 days ago
42.

Harold A. Maio    

Mr. Bryant is subject to every prevailing prejudice in this society, that he voices one is not unusual. He now has the opportunity to address the ease with which it exited his mouth.

He is for many a role model. What he does next is more important. Obama apologized immediatly for his slip on the Tonight Show, Rahm Emanuel apologized immdeiately for his. Hopefully Kobe will rise to that same level.

1255 days ago
43.

papUrazzi.com    

Kobe's a ****. Someone just posted a pic of them with Kobe on www.papUrazzi.com. There's also one on there of him posing with a secret service agent wearing a terrible suit. Submit any pics you have to papUrazzi.com

1255 days ago
44.

beefyatlman    

From someone who has likely been called a painful racial slur many times in his life, this is particularly sad. America forgave you on that whole "not rape" thing. Get it under control buddy. You're proving who you really are again. Hardly a role model. But, what to expect from someone whose only real ability is bouncing something and running. Stellar example of a human.

1255 days ago
45.

RON    

KOBE IS GAY THAT WHY HE CAN'T NOT RESIST ANY COMPETITION IN THE COURT IF ARE A MAN AND LIKE KOBE YOUR GAY IF YOU ARE WHITE AND DEFEND KOBE YOU SUPER GAY

1255 days ago
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