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Kobe Apologizes to Gay Rights Group

4/13/2011 10:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant just got off the phone with the president of a gay rights organization -- and apologized for using a gay slur last night ... TMZ has learned.

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Bryant spoke with Human Rights Campaign honcho Joe Solmonese -- who tells TMZ, "I applaud Kobe Bryant for his swift apology. We had a very sincere conversation in which he expressed his heartfelt regret for the hurt that his words caused."

Solmonese adds, "He told me that it’s never OK to degrade or tease, and that he understands how his words could unfortunately give the wrong impression that this is appropriate conduct."

"At the end of a difficult day, I applaud Kobe for coming forward and taking responsibility for his actions."

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frankies mom    

First! Apology accepted Kobe.

1268 days ago
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whatevs    

Second! Damage control!

1268 days ago
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knows.the.truth    

Did they make him go down on his knees?? Unbelievable BS. Ultra sensitive BS from people who walk around naked in San Francisco on Halloween - and every other chance they get - give me a break!!

1268 days ago
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Sam    

It's heresay and it never happened.

1268 days ago
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Jah36    

I was hoping Kobe would have had the backbone to stand up to these thugs. He had absolutely nothing to apologize for. Homosexuals need to seek professional help. Their behavior is not OK or normal. People need to stand up against homosexual activism. When using logic, their arguments fall flat!!

1268 days ago
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Anya    

Enough already!! He effed up, got fined, apologized. THE END... PLEASE!!

1268 days ago
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Sam    

Joe Solmonese was appointed President of the Human Rights Campaign of the United States and its affiliate, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, on March 9, 2005

Joe Solmonese now co-hosts The Agenda on XM Satellite Radio.

Clearly the FCC has yet to fine and punish Kobe Bryant for committing a hate crime. A radio host does not have the authority to delegate punishment for Kobe Bryant's crimes.

1268 days ago
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PRO US    

@whatevs:

3. Second! Damage control!

Posted at 6:05 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by whatevs

EPIC FAIL!!!

1268 days ago
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PRO US    

@Sam:

"It's heresay and it never happened."

Posted at 6:09 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by Sam

No, Sam, it's "hearsay", not "heresay".

1268 days ago
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DANA    

"Cry me a river I tried once too".

1268 days ago
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va reb    

mouth says I'm sorry but his mind says "f**king f**got."

1268 days ago
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va reb    

his mouth says I'm Sorry...His mind say"f**king f**got."

1268 days ago
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growup    

it’s never OK to degrade or tease... but just try telling people you're a "Tea Party" member and see how many vile comments you get. You'll see your wish for lower taxes magically turn you into a racist. shazam!

1268 days ago
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JudgeGerald    

The gay "community" is always upset about something. Another deficiency in their genetic makeup. Man up already. That's man up, not man on man.

1268 days ago
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t jam     

ARE THESE PEOPLE SERIOUS !! AN ICON LIKE KOBE ,LIKE NONE OFF THESE PEOPLE EVER SAID ANYTHING IN FUSTRATION THATS BULL**** !!!THEY ARE NOBODIES LOOKING FOR AIR TIME GROW UP !!!

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