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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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181.

UberSpork    

People will act offended every chance they get. Give me a break. EVERYone says something sometimes that they don't truly mean. Just slips out. It's only words and people just need to chill out and quit making a big deal out of everything. Yeah, and I know words can hurt, believe me, I've been on the receiving end of many so I don't want to hear people crying over being called a name.

1288 days ago
182.

hoosier    

People are way to sensitive!

1288 days ago
183.

ketjo    

Happy Now, Harvey ?

Now how about all the fans setting in the bleachers who were standing and screaming that same thing and other nasties at the ref for the penalty ? Why was it ok for them but not for Kobe ?

Cause you can't make money off of their rants that's why !!!

1288 days ago
184.

Sam    

He is sorry, SORRY HE GOT CAUGHT.

1288 days ago
185.

Cath    

YOU ARE A IDIOT dd

"Idiot | Define Idiot at Dictionary.com
Psychology. a person of the lowest order in a former classification of mental
retardation, having a mental age of less than three years old and an ...
etc....

1288 days ago
186.

mary    

i think it is so unfair that he was fined. all people say things when angry, i guess we should all be fined because truth be told everyone has said stupid things they didnt mean. iam a minority, and nothing anyone says affects me, i know what iam as a person.

1288 days ago
187.

lou    

Finally, this punk has to pay. Just like OJ...he eventually had to pay. Maybe not for the first time, but for something! If Kobe is your "role model" and you want your kids to look up to him, then that also you endorse crimes against women! Cannot believe all the rage this is causing...just wait until you have to watch "The Gay Bachelor" which is set to premier on a major network in 2012!!! Actually there are several "gay themed" shows currently being shopped and there's LOTS of interest!! How do I know? In the biz that is! Lovin' all the blood pressure being shown up in here!

1288 days ago
188.

For Sooth?    

He's been a major ***** from day one.

Hate, hate, hate him, and his wife.

1288 days ago
189.

john    

I see how it is...

What does this animal have to do before his violence is interevened...
Does he have to kill someone?
This man is hate on fire...put him in a cage..
he wants to be in a cage....
It's not that he said a bad word.
It's not that he had non consentual sex with a woman...

He has real emothional problems with himself...he hates himself...See's himeself a real piece of ****...

The violence he forces on women, and gays is indicitve of suppressed gay tendancies...
The fact that he raped a woman indicates he's gay...a Violent angry gay...angry because a woman won't satisfy him.
The fact that he has issues with gays also indicates he's gay.

Put him in a cage.

1288 days ago
190.

Ellen    

Oh for God's sake......of COURSE the only reason he apologized is because of the effect it has on his career. He was forced into it. Get used to it gay people......some people simply don't like you and don't agree with your lifestyle. I, for one, am sick to death of homosexuality being shoved in my face. Enough. Keep your sexual preferences to yourself, quit shoving it in people's faces, and you'll be fine. Nothing makes you hate something more than it being forced on you. You gay people aren't doing yourselves any favors. Live your life and keep your gayness to yourself.

1288 days ago
191.

Ellen    

Who cares? Enough of this already.

1288 days ago
192.

Charlie    

I would quit basketball before I ever apoligized to a bunch of wacked out GAYS. I would use another word that starts with the letter F, but you know those gays, they will start crying especially the boys. This is why they are "in or out of the closet". They know they are gross and out of line. Disgusting and against god's beliefs.

1288 days ago
193.

Kelly    

Kobe, you did not have to apologize. Those gays are so sensitive especially the men. You ought to see the freaks in San Francisco, oh my god!!!! I once saw a man dressed in a pink toto, pink tights, on roller skates in SF. It was so weird the police should have been called. What a freak. It was scary. Now, anyone tell me that is not WEIRD AND SICK. There is something wrong PERIOD. I don't go to SF anymore, weirds my mind out.

1288 days ago
194.

agold    

Here's a thought. Maybe he IS a homophobe. Then what? What? The entire gay community going to cancel their season tickets to the Lakers? What? Really? Really? See. Nothing. They will do nothing other than make a bunch of ****ing noise for no reason at all. Forcing **** down throats (no pun intended) no differently than the morons over at Fox.

Kobe Bryant INterview:

Reporter: Kobe, what were you thinking!!!??? ARE YOU A HOMOPHHOBE!?

Kobe: Yes, I'm a homophobe. I, unfortunalely was gropped by Uncle Charlie as a child and now I'm a bit skiddish. Yes, that's it. And, uh, when I looked at the ref, I uh, thought, JESUS, HE LOOKS LIKE UNCLE CHARLIE! I'm going to call him a name. It had NOTHING to do with it being anything else. So, again, I'm sorry. I AM A HOMOPHOBE that just HAPPENS to LIVE IN A ****ING LOCKERROOM 50% OF MY ****ING LIFE WITH SWEATY MEN AND DANGLING DONGS ALL OVER THE PLACE. MY INTENT WAS TO COMPLETELY DEMEAN THE GAY COMMUNITY. I DECIDED, IN THAT MOMENT, THAT I, KOBE BRYANT, IN THE HEAT OF A GAME, WOULD STOP TO INSULT YOU PEOPLE. IT WAS A PLANNED EVENT! YES, A, UH, PLANNED, CALCULATED, DIRRTY DIRTY SETUP I CREATED IN ORDER TO TELL THE GAY COMMUNITY TO GO GUCKTHEMSELVES. AND I THOUGHT STopping nad doing so in the middle of an important game was the PERFECT opportunity! yeah!
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Jesus. He said "****ing ***got". That is not a word that can REMOTEEELLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYYY be mentioned in the same context of the "N" word as people have been doing all day in association with this. Two entirely different histories and entirely different meanings and levels of hatred. GLAAD needs to quit polarizing **** and stop thinking they are an EXTREMELY important group like the NAACP or the ACLU. You're gay, and yes hate crimes have been committed over the years. But stop acting like there was a ****ing genocide of "your people" or your were ****ing enslaved for 400 years. For ****s sake, get over yourself and go watch Anderson Cooper. He'd agree with me.

1288 days ago
195.

Michael    

He still said at the end of the interview that he should not have said it with cameras by him.. well you should not be saying it at all. but do comment him for his damage control.. but you know it is part of his everyday language when it comes out of his mouth.

1288 days ago
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