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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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Sam    

Human Rights Campaign, when you need to apologize for a hate crime Joe Solmonese is only a phone call away day or night.


Joe Solmonese making all the comments of "Sam" on TMZ look like fodder. Let's all joine Joe Solmonese and burn the American flag together, because if you can't promote hate speech on the NBA what good is it?

1228 days ago
32.

Sam    

Sam? Shut the **** up. We heard enough crap from you. DO NOT APOLOGIZE KOBE. STAND UP TO THESE FUDGE PACKING IDIOTS.

Posted at 6:30 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by N.O.Lady

Let's allow hate speech because it's more comforting to silence liberty than it is to prosecute an American icon.

This is the very reason Kobe needs to take responsibility for his actions.

1228 days ago
33.

janet    

Now it's a gay right group. Take a number.

1228 days ago
34.

Sam    

He shouldn't have to apologize to anyone!

Posted at 6:26 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by misfit

You're absolutely right. He should be fined and prosecuted like any other criminal breaking federal law. Broadcasting hate speech is a felony, the FCC has yet to charge Kobe or the NBA>

1228 days ago
35.

Gwendolyn    

There you go. I knew he's a good guy at heart.

1228 days ago
36.

Brandt    

Sounds like Kobe would make a good recruit for Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church I attempted to address their bigotry and insanity with a portrait of the good reverend on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/03/fred-phelps-and-westboro-baptist-church.html Drop in and let me know what you think!

1228 days ago
37.

Sam    

Sam are you flyboy to? You're ****ing psycho and not helping your cause. You really just piss people off more and gay marriage will NEVER be legal DIP****.

Posted at 6:35 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by N.O.Lady

Not helping my cause? What's my cause? Am I supposed to be winning hearts and minds?

Kobe Bryant broke the law and committed a hate crime and no one, not even TMZ is reporting it. Why? It's unpopular to report on fact. Kobe's fans would be upset if anyone in the media stepped up and adressed the issue.

1228 days ago
38.

Anwiya    

WHO THE **** CARES? HOW ARE WE AS A SPECIES GOING TO GET ANYWHERE IF WE ARE SO EASILY OFFENDED BY SOMETHING A *BASKETBALL PLAYER SAID???

GET ****ING REAL PEOPLE. READ A HISTORY BOOK.

1228 days ago
39.

SB    

Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will cost you $100,000. Would be nice to collect $100k for road rage words. Yeah right! How stupid..... Kobe you should win this one!

1228 days ago
40.

Flyboy    

Good. But I expect a public apology. And also a public statement from David Stern. This is the perfect moment to stand up against homophobia in sports and it needs to be taken advantage of.

As for the homophobes on here, this is just what happens when you f**k with the gays. I'm laughing all the way to bed. You really thought you guys would just be able to s**t on them forever. Now you're whining because the shoe is on the other foot.

1228 days ago
41.

alissia    

he said sorry which is really gay!

1228 days ago
42.

Superman    

How is it when gays call each other f*g, then it's nothing, but when a heterosexual says it, then it's a "homophobic slur"?!? Give it a rest with the PC BS! All these 'civil rights' organizations are bunch of prima donna whores!

1228 days ago
43.

Lola    

test

1228 days ago
44.

Sonya    

So does this mean everyone someone calls a female a bitch or a hoe the need to call the female rights group? Kobe did nothing wrong and he should have to say he's sorry to anyone.

1228 days ago
45.

Lola    

OMG, Harvey, get over yourself. Item after item about Kobe Bryant having a thought in his head. He "mouthed" the words, and gets fined 100K? So, Harvey, you have any bad thoughts to confess? Let you who is without guilt.... you know how it goes, don't you? Oh, wait, that's from Jesus Christ, the New Testament. You probably aren't familiar.

This story just makes me despise GLAAD and all the glad pals even more.

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