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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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76.

tamarindo    

kobe slipped up and the haters spew out like roaches from under the floorboards. pretty much the way we do it here in the ol' u s of a.

1255 days ago
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PRO US    

@Flyboy: You don't know what you're talking about when you say "homophobia is not in nature". It definitely is. Obviously, you haven't studied the sexual behavior of birds and apes among many other animals which have significant percentages of their populations that exhibit homosexual behavior including mating behaviors. Not saying being gay is right or wrong. But to say that homosexuality doesn't exist in nature, is to say something that is patently and obviously false.

I will not argue with you on this point. It would be like arguing against someone who believes the world is flat or that he sun revolves around the earth. You should do a little research before you spout such ignorance, Flyboy.

1255 days ago
78.

Flyboy    

Everyone saying "the gay community is hurting itself." With who, homophobes? Um, you freaks are classified as disordered. Your opinions have no value whatsoever. The quickness Kobe apologized and got levied with a fine proves this. You are all freaks, perverted, socially disordered and personality ill. Don't ever forget that before you think gay people need you acceptance. Gay people laugh at freaks like you. What PATHETIC people you kind is.

1255 days ago
79.

rebecca    

Frankly, as much as it sucks to some people, its FREEDOM OF SPEECH regardless of what other people may think, its still his opinion and he has every right to voice it.

1255 days ago
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NotAStereotype    

its the fact that people stay that type of stuff everyday that makes it WORSE. maybe if you were being beaten to death while someone called you a fa* then maybe you would understand why... oh wait thats right... YOU ARE IGNORANT

and to freedom of speech guy... what? you can't use HATE SPEECH AT A BASKETBALL GAME. hence why he was fined. its not acceptable and set a freakin' example for our youth. it wasn't long ago african-americans were in the same position and many white males saw interracial sex as an abomination punishable by death. so to say that homosexual is not right is just plain ignorant. we don't choose who we like and spot making us feel bad about it.

1255 days ago
81.

daniel    

I wonder if he bought him/her a 4 million dollar ring?

1255 days ago
82.

Flyboy    

PRO US, homophobia is not HOMOSEXUALITY. Homosexuality is in nature. Homophobia isn't.

tonyclifton, why are you such a douchebag? See, we can both play that game.

Blaaah, if people are using anti-gay slurs every day, then those people have serious issues they need to address. It doesn't matter how wrong it's used, this slur is a bad one, and is wrong. Wrong is wrong. Get over yourself and the defense of this word.

Alex, you don't get to decide what the word means, because the word is INHERENTLY anti-gay. So therefore, if the gay community is offended, it's their right to be offended. It's not about intentions, but about the word itself being offensive, and the context Kobe used it being offensive. It's not any more or less offensive because he didn't "mean" it to be a gay slur.

1255 days ago
83.

Mr.Trung    

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1255 days ago
84.

Strunz28    

Why is it we never ask Perez Hilton to apologize when he called Will I. Am the same thing? Ah, the old double standard.

1255 days ago
85.

Sam    

He apologizes to a gay rights group but not his fans??

1255 days ago
86.

NotAStereotype    

perez hilton is not a role model in the gay community and no he shouldn't have said it. but if you look at his blog you can easily see he is trash

1255 days ago
87.

PRO US    

Yes, Gays have a choice, but it's not the choice many of you think they have. Gays do not have to practice homosexual sex. Gays can practice heterosexual sex. Gays can lie to themselves and their partners and pretend that they are attracted sexually to the opposite sex. Gays can live a lie and many do because of the intense, widespread prejudice against gays in society. The one thing that gays cannot do is to prefer heterosexual sex to homosexual sex. You telling them that they can do that does not make it true no matter how many times you say it. Saying it just confirms to us how ignorant you are. So, if you want to spout nonsense, spout on! But, please be entertaining about it or people are going to start asking for refunds for your show!

1255 days ago
88.

Sam    

103.
Why is it we never ask Perez Hilton to apologize when he called Will I. Am the same thing? Ah, the old double standard.

Posted at 7:09 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by Strunz28


Kobe was on national television and committed a federal crime, not the same thing. You are misinformed.

1255 days ago
89.

allie    

All you homophobes sound like you wanna suck Kobe's ****. Irony.

1255 days ago
90.

TheMarshmallowMan    

103. Why do black people call each other n!!gers and get away with it but when a white person says, its a big uproar? Hmmmmmmmmm

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