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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.


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

1202 days ago


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

1202 days ago


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.

1202 days ago


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"

1202 days ago

PRO US    


"Worst 4 letter word "RAPE""

"Kill" is pretty bad too.

1202 days ago


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!

1202 days ago

Samuel Smithers    

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

1202 days ago


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.

1202 days ago


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

1202 days ago


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

1202 days ago


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!!!!!!

1202 days ago


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

1202 days ago


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.

1202 days ago


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.

1202 days ago


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

1202 days ago
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