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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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106.

Sam    

Jack Nicholson stands up and yells at every Laker game but when this happens he's as quiet as a church mouse.

1233 days ago
107.

Sam    

Jack Nicholson from Easy Rider, an entire generation based on the movement of "if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem". Too scared to say a word against Kobe, you may as well be dead.

1233 days ago
108.

MoonDust    

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

What is a "HONKIE", never heard of that term before

1233 days ago
109.

Sam    

128.
Pole smokers... Looked like he said ****ing fat-head to me but I am not a good lip reader..

Posted at 7:28 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by Jon

Sounds to me like you're too chicken **** to say what you really feel, it's dumbasses like you that gave my knuckles these scars.

1233 days ago
110.

RCR    

Soooooo....when do they make Garnett apologize for doing the EXACT same thing last year on the exact same channel? Here's video (it's at :20): http://www.odenized.com/2008/05/note-to-tnt-dont-slow-mo-garnett.html

1233 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.

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

Posted at 7:19 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by TheMarshmallowMan

I think I answered your question quite clearly. Blacks are insulted when non-Blacks hurl Black-targeted insults against them, just as Whites are insulted when non-Whites hurl White targeted insults against them. What is there about this answer that isn't clear?

As to your new question, Al Sharpton wouldn't like it. And if Kobe Bryant called a Referee (if the referee was white) "Honkie", that referee wouldn't like it either.

Who cares what they like? Kobe should have a perfect right to express his prejudice and hatred or fear of homosexuals on National TV by calling people "f-g gots". And homosexuals should have a perfect right to call Kobe names like "N-gger".
That would make for wonderful, caring, compassionate, supportive, tolerant, peaceful, brotherly and loving society, wouldn't it? Oh, it wouldn't? Then, maybe Kobe should remember next time that he is being paid big bucks to play b-ball and not to use his pea brain to formulate insults and hurl them on National TV.

1233 days ago
112.

Meanie    

Funny how almost the whole first page is being taken up by stupid over entitled sports *******s.

1233 days ago
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PRO US    

What is a "HONKIE", never heard of that term before

Posted at 7:31 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by MoonDust

From Wikipedia:

Honky (also spelled honkie or sometimes honkey) is a racial slur for white people, predominantly heard in the United States

From the Farley Free Internet Dictionary:

hon·ky or hon·kie also hon·key (hôngk, hng-)
n. pl. hon·kies also hon·keys Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a white person.

1233 days ago
114.

NotAStereotype    

AIDS was mans fault for infecting tons and tons of monkeys in labs with as many diseases as possible to see what happens. back before the internet was around for people to come together to stop it.

1233 days ago
115.

Sam Sunshine     

TMZ move on please, let it go, its done and over. He apologized!

1233 days ago
116.

shut up gay community    

quit crying already. I dont get mad if some one called me effin straight!!

1233 days ago
117.

Eric    

The gay group called Kobe disgusting? They do realize that we know what gays do to each other, right? Very hypocritically to call someone disgusting.

1233 days ago
118.

Mike    

Wow! Most of these comments only show how far our society hasn't come. Especially you Elpablo. Actually..based on your aparent outrage at homosexuals, I think you may like the 'butt sex'. You might even be a catcher, who knows. Give it a rest!

1233 days ago
119.

Brad     

BULLCRAP! If I dared to call you a ******, I would be locked up in jail! SHAME ON YOU , YOU STUPID IDIOT.

1233 days ago
120.

Brad     

GET THIS. TMZ is block the N work if you type it out. Watch this ******. However Kobe can say gay, ***, whatever he wants!

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