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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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106.

WOO KARES    

GET OVER IT

1206 days ago
107.

Steven    

First who cares about him using that word. Second i just think its too funny how some of you ignorant people out there really think Kobe being who and what he is had to rape a trailer park trash dirty skank!! She probably paid him to give him head and then cried rape. You people need to get outta here with that ignorant rape charge.

1206 days ago
108.

Steven    

Ya really who gives a d**n about him using that word. This country has much more important things to be concerned with.

1206 days ago
109.

musiqbiz    

Oh wow, why did this have to be made into some big deal... athletes say things in the heat of the moment all the time... and there is nothing more offensive to a straight guy than to call him a "***got"... so if that is what Kobe said he was aiming at the ref to insult him... if the gay community gets offended by this then they need to learn to get a sense of humor...

1206 days ago
110.

Joe    

this is ridiculous!!! another great example of the "pussification/wussification" of America. Its only a word. Get the **** over it!

1206 days ago
111.

Matthew     

All you guys are asking "Why is this news"? Its not. Your on TMZ retards.

1206 days ago
112.

ken    

What a joke ... freedom of speech ... saying ***OT is no different that saying SH%T ... i hear the word daily in a professional environment ... this political correct country is getting pitiful ... grow some balls people ... Kobe, i have more respect for you know ... you're actually a man ... stick up for yourself on the comment, it's funny as hell :)

1205 days ago
113.

Myron    

He may have said it, but that video doesn't prove anything. We just saw his lips move -- no audio.

1205 days ago
114.

ZMAN    

Who cares. just let him play basketball, get off this bogus story. it is one of the most retarded stories ever. over nothing. he entitled to his free speech as well.

1205 days ago
115.

Aj Rabbitt    

I'm Gay... and I must say shut the **** to all you ***gots bitching about this ****. It's a ****ing sports game.. all types of curse words and offensive slurs are being yelled out during these games. SHUT THE **** UP you sensitives ****s. Just sayin, remove thy fist from thy ***** and or ass hole and get over it. He a grown ass man, he can use whatever words he wants to...

If you have a problem with what I just said, you can kiss my whole ass hole, =P

@AjRabbitt

1205 days ago
116.

kim    

Kobe constantly says the F word during games and they show it on camera all the time but ***got is what the announcer is afraid of the children hearing?? Plleeaaassee! sticks & stones people get over it!

1205 days ago
117.

AINTGONNAHAPPEN    

I don't care about what he said, but if he hit my arm like that at the bench I would have technically given him an A$$ beating.

1205 days ago
118.

laur    

What do you expect from a guy who is IGNORANT, one who cheats on his wife, this guy totally LACKS CLASS....PERIOD!!!

1205 days ago
119.

Annie    

To those complaining about this story not being "newsworthy"...
1. If this involved any other marginalized group, would it be more newsworthy then? Regardless, the word F****T is considered hate speech, and he's only perpetuating the notion that it's ok to use hate speech. If he was calling a woman ref a C**T, I'm sure ppl would understand what the big deal is.
2. IT'S TMZ PEOPLE!! Please tell me you get your actual "news" elsewhere.

1205 days ago
120.

saidwhat    

we got what go we see to no boo hoo

1205 days ago
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