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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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1.

Chris    

Who Cares!!! what story is developing!!??? I dont want to see another story about this..

1253 days ago
2.

CarolynAB    

Story developing? Really?
It does appear you got the first word correct(f@%*ing), but the second word is in dispute.
For one thing, it looks like one syllable, not two.
But y'know what? This ain't exactly the Zapruder film.

1253 days ago
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Titanium    

Why is this news? Things like that are said during all sorts of sports events amongst atheletes all the time. I guess because the cameras actually caught it for once that it's a big deal to some, but it shouldn't be a shock to anyone that an athlete (on any level) would say that. Kobe isn't a priest. You know, because priests don't do any wrong* Also, he's not a politician, representing his constituents in which he has to watch his words as to not offend anyone**


*Except molest children.
**Unless you're questioning a black President's citizenship or calling an Indian American Macacca.
**

1253 days ago
4.

Titanium    

I spelled "athletes" wrong. F$##@$ng #%$$ots

I mean, oops.

1253 days ago
5.

moso    

I HATE KOBE!!!!
But really... Who gives a crap!!!!
He was mad.
He is a stuck up pri@k anyways.
WHO CARES.....I hope he gets suspended for his playing, NOT his attitude. Although that is why I HATE him..

1253 days ago
6.

Hello is anybody in there?    

Well he is from PC state California so i wonder what the LA fans are gonna think of him now?

1253 days ago
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toy    

PLEASE HE COULD HAVE SAID F%^&* MAN....HE COULD HAVE SAID ANYTHING! TMZ THE LIP READER!

1253 days ago
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Stella    

"story developing"????? you're kidding right.....don't you have a new blohan story to post?? you guys are getting a little ridiculous lately with trying to make something out of nothing.

1253 days ago
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Jolene    

How can you even say that was a homophobic slur? He was mad at a ref and said something and no a lot of the gay community is upset give me a break. I am by no means a Lakers fan and can't stand Kobe but this is just crazy.

1253 days ago
10.

Gridiron    

So what????? Idiots post racist crap on TMZ all day long and half the posts never get removed. However, let ANYONE utter even the slightest derogatory thing about gays and TMZ goes into full-on frontal assault mode. How about you quit worrying about one athlete muttering a homophobic slur out of rage and focus why you have so many racists posting on your boards?

1253 days ago
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Tamika    

Honey this is not news...i luv Kobe and his komment was said out of emotion for the game...and the ref is a F*ckun F***** for that bs kall...get over it! GO LAKERS

1253 days ago
12.

Muppet    

Parents should use this opportunity to discuss good sportsmanship with their children and explain to them this kind of trash talk does nothing for the sport.

1253 days ago
13.

Harvey's Shirt    

Just like Michael Jackson said "its all about the chidren"

1253 days ago
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Stella    

also, TMZ, you cannot even confirm from that video that he is making a homophobic slur unless you are a professional lip reader.....you guys love to start trouble......AND I AM A KNICKS FAN!!!!!!!!!

1253 days ago
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horhay    

Who cares... There are a lot worse things said at sporting events...This is another non-story...

1253 days ago
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