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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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151.

Kobe     

TMZ makes this into a big deal because Harvey is a F,AGBOY. He gets all buthurt (lol), when somones talks about homos and dirty Jews.

1233 days ago
152.

MoonDust    

gay men aren't you going to reply to this messages!!

1233 days ago
153.

Joey    

So what who cares!?

Freedom Of Speech Brother!!!

1233 days ago
154.

EvilPromise    

F*** Kobe, tired of his ghetto antics. Typical womanizing Philadelphian jaggoff that thinks an apology will always clean his a**. SO glad I never bought anything with him or the whiney Lakers name on it.

Look at the pic, now who's the F*gg*t? hahaha JERK

1233 days ago
155.

andy    

What a great society, where a person can't simply make a mistake, apologize, and then let it go. I think it's ridiculous that Kobe was fined 100K for simply cursing out of anger. I understand, that the NBA wants to make certain that the general public will believe their stance, that their organization doesn't condone insensitivity. But, this seems over the top, and I doubt that it will stop here. I can potentially see Kobe being urged to undertake "LGBT Sensitivity Training" and counseling for the next six months. And, then, to help promote his "progress", David Stern will volunteer Kobe, and have him riding on a float in a special one off rainbow jersey, waving to the crowd and handing out candy, as he makes his way through a gay pride parade.

Oh, yeah, . . . it could happen!!! This won't end well . . .

Good Times.

1233 days ago
156.

anonymous    

Gays are truly retarded and overly sensitive!

1233 days ago
157.

Josephina    

Although I don't agree with the people bashing ALL GAY PEOPLE, I do think it is unhelpful to the gay community when specific groups demand apologies and get upset over little things like this. However, this doesn't mean that all gay people are sensitive or whiners. It's just this one stupid group.

1233 days ago
158.

Josephina    

Gays are truly retarded and overly sensitive!

Posted at 9:35 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by anonymous

Exactly. BS like this is what I'm talking about. It's not GAYS that are overly sensitive, it's ONE GROUP.

1233 days ago
159.

Sam    

What did gay rights activist Rosie O'Donnell have to say about Kobe? Not a word, she's too afraid of the backlash from Kobe's fans.

Rosie O'Donnell worthless piece of ****.

1233 days ago
160.

Sqiggy    

Look I'm so sick and tired of you anti gay bashers it's so figging riduclous did this man burn a cross on someone's lawn??????? Well guess what fairies thats what use to happen to you when you where black bottom line there ways never away choice the idea the he is being treated like this for saying F**cking Fa**ot which thousands of people say in every single day and never ever mean it in reference to gay people is beyond ubsurd.

If you wanna hate him cause you think he is a homophobe thats 1 thing, If you wanna hate him cause you think he's racist thats 1 thing but lets not confuse the issue he didn't mean anything towards gay people or else he would have flat out said it. And he didn;t something tells me he could give a F**k about *****ts I;m sure he could care less. Let go you fa**ots it's got nothing to do with you esppecially you HARVEY you f**king Fa**ot homo bi*ch just die you co*k smoking mofo!

1233 days ago
161.

MoonDust    

sam is mad gays donn't side with him/het/it

1233 days ago
162.

moar shots    

For god's sake. Stop getting trolled by the idiot ramblings of an obvious drunk.

If they misspell every other word, go off on random tangents and seem to have no inherent goal other than to be right, you're dealing with an idiot or a drunk. Most of the time, both.

Kobe is doing what he is told to: whatever get's him out of the negative lime-light. People say f*ag all the time, not that I think it's a benign term, the antithesis.

He's also an entertainer. Not too much should be expected of him other than to do some dunks and fancy dribbles so you can look good on your date at staples center.

1233 days ago
163.

MoonDust    

all I got to say is that Kolbe shouldn't have to apologize to anyone but the guy he offended. Nobody seems to care about him, he is the only victim in all of this!

1233 days ago
164.

anonymous    

Gays are truly retarded and overly sensitive!

Posted at 9:35 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by anonymous
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Exactly. BS like this is what I'm talking about. It's not GAYS that are overly sensitive, it's ONE GROUP.
Posted at 9:38 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by Josephina
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Too bad for you! "BS" like this will forever exist due to certain pathetic gay groups out there who continue to be overly sensitive about every damn thing!

1233 days ago
165.

trevor    

Joe Solmonese is a ***got. i'm so tired of everyone having to apologize for everything. newsflash: 99% of males use gay slurs with their friends. the thing is, it's embarrassing to suck **** so nobody wants to be classified as such. i hate how such a small minority of freaks has so much power.

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