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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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91.

i remember that    

He'll buy the ref a big ass ring and all will be well. it peaks my interest how he can do that, but it's a diamond dozen right? lol literally diamnond get it?

1102 days ago
92.

Flyboy    

Perez Hilton apologized and donated money after using the gay slur against Will.I.Am.

N.O. Lady, the main reason same-sex marriage is illegal is because of the power that people like you are desperate to have against the vulnerable minority group of the gay community. That's it. Give them equality, you don't have power over them. Deny them rights, you hold power over them. That's all it is. Discriminate against them, keep them down. It's all about power. That's why so many people cry when they get called out on their homophobia. You don't want to lose power, and you don't like being called out on your actions. Homophobes lead empty lives and have no purpose, so they need to drag others down to their levels.

But yeah, gay people laugh at your kind since they realize their lives are by and large WAY better than yours will ever be. And I laugh because I realize gay people are SO MUCH better people than you, and just how IGNORANT you are, and how much you've already LOST. And really, I think you're a freak, so basically, HAHAHA.

1102 days ago
93.

Sam    

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.

Posted at 7:03 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by tamarindo

He didn't slip up he knew what he was doing. He gets paid 50 million dollars a year as long as he doesn't use the F word on camera. He violated the terms of his contract, the conditions he agreed with to play in the NBA and broke federal law. Three things he knew he was violating when he said what he said.

Kobe said what he said because he knew he would get away with it.

1102 days ago
94.

TheMarshmallowMan    

Maybe Kobe can join the Westboro Baptist freaks????

1102 days ago
95.

honesty    

A person can show more about their true self with two words said in a heated unguarded moment, then 20 years in front of cameras keeping their composure.

If you honestly feel that way, have the balls enough to admit it. You already stated plainly how you felt about f--k---g, f---g-o-ts, and referees. Be man enough to own it. Stop insulting everyone with fake apologies.

1102 days ago
96.

Flyboy    

Rebecca, freedom of speech has nothing to do with taking responsibility for what you say, which is something we all have to do. Freedom of speech is a privilege. If you abuse it, there are consequences.

1102 days ago
97.

Sam    

He'll buy the ref a big ass ring and all will be well. it peaks my interest how he can do that, but it's a diamond dozen right? lol literally diamnond get it?


Posted at 7:13 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by i remember that

Kobe called the ref a f**** but the ref didn't respond and call Kobe anything because the ref knows he would have lost his job.

1102 days ago
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PRO US    

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

Posted at 7:12 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by TheMarshmallowMan

For the same reason that if a white man calls you a "honkie" (if you're White), you won't care, but if a Black person calls you "honkie", you would feel insulted.

1102 days ago
99.

TheMarshmallowMan    

For the same reason that if a white man calls you a "honkie" (if you're White), you won't care, but if a Black person calls you "honkie", you would feel insulted.

Posted at 7:17 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by PRO US

You didn't answer my question. I would love to hear Al Sharpton if a white player called a black guy N!!gger

1102 days ago
100.

H. Broadwell    

Slur you say??? What would a person call a three headed snake? freak of nature like the so called insulted freaks of nature..

1102 days ago
101.

Doug    

Now apologize for being a rapist.

1102 days ago
102.

TheMarshmallowMan    

Sure flyboy I'm the freak! You think that mkayy? Oh and yes gays are so so happy. Sureeeee!! That's why they take on fake personalities and act like the opposite sex often (dressing as women, talking in high pitch voices, etc.)

Posted at 7:20 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by N.O.Lady

Fvvcking moron

1102 days ago
103.

Flyboy    

H. Broadwell, the only freaks of nature I'm seeing around are people like you. Homophobia is not in nature. It's a disease.

1102 days ago
104.

Sam    

That's why they take on fake personalities and act like the opposite sex often (dressing as women, talking in high pitch voices, etc.)

Posted at 7:20 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by N.O.Lady

You're making me look good.

1102 days ago
105.

Flyboy    

Take on fake personalities, huh. Wow. I can't believe it's gone there. How ignorant can one person be.

I think you are saying gay men impersonate women. Um, no, by and large, they don't. Also, what you are describing is more cross-dressing/drag queen, and many cross dressers/drag queens are straight. You are horribly ignorant, N.O. Lady, so yeah, I think you and all anti-gays are freaks.

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