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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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166.

janet    

Hell no, Bryant, you fight that fine. No reason for it.

1196 days ago
167.

Cath    

Maybe now he can apologize to the underage rape victim...just saying...

1196 days ago
168.

C    

Since when is it illegal to tease or use lanuage that is offensive.. What military war did you join to miss represent the Freedom of Speach Law! I find HOMO offensive. Now apologize to me! Really sick of Big Business controlling the Constitution and distroying this country. If you stuck to figuring out finances our economy would not be bankrupt.

1196 days ago
169.

raven    

wow ...I've read 30 so far and people are passionate about this
That is a good thing.

Hey, people swear, get over it.

Worst 4 letter word "RAPE"

1196 days ago
170.

PRO US    

@raven:

"Worst 4 letter word "RAPE""

"Kill" is pretty bad too.

1196 days ago
171.

Dan    

I am NOT convinced that this is a true and sincere apology! Kobe must do MUCH more to atone for his public attack on gay community while wearing the NBA uniform! $100,000 is a mere drop in the bucket towards his debt to the gay community and to America! If Kobe thinks he can easily brush this off with a faceless telephone apology and a few pennies, he is SADLY mistaken!

1196 days ago
172.

Samuel Smithers    

Dan the drama queen is at it again! Kobe has done what he needed to do.

1196 days ago
173.

Ewan    

We all KNOW that he hates gay people so why make him apologize, we know he's only apologizing because there is a 100 million dollar sponsorship deal on the line. I hate how gay organizations think they can change celebrities/peoples minds about homosexuality when in reality NOBODY can. If you're homophobic nobody can change that, celebrities only apologize to save their asses and money.

1196 days ago
174.

gayforliztaylor    

100 million fine could've caused his 'wife' and prospective lovers to shed tears.

1196 days ago
175.

dd    

CATH stop spreading ur stupid lies, underage girl, how about about overage drug addicted slut.....

1196 days ago
176.

Beffers1018    

redonkulus!!! why r people these days soooo damn sensative and have to take things so personal????!!!!! my god its just slang talk. hes passionate about the game and is the best player out there!!! everyone uses this slang word and if u say u dont or haven't ur lying!!! why take it personnal????? its just soooo GAY!!!!!!

1196 days ago
177.

peter    

this is the most stupid fine ever , and kobe should never have apologized

1196 days ago
178.

Josh    

I guess the ref had every right to turn around and call him a fu##ing N@$$er. Because words don't mean anything. When young kids gay or not gay are harassed and violently assaulted with this hate speech we have trash here defending this for a stupid game and for a lowlife rapist.

1196 days ago
179.

Josh    

I'm starting to think that Kobe is much more of a human being than some of his disgusting uneducated hatemongering fans. Remember if you can't call a ref the N word you can't call him the F word. Both are offensive and disgusting and used by the lowest form of hateful garbage and wannabees.

1195 days ago
180.

Jackie    

Aww!!!....Think before you open your mouth next time.

1195 days ago
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