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Kobe Bryant -- I'm APPEALING the NBA Fine

4/13/2011 7:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant just wrapped up a live interview on ESPN radio -- where he said he plans to appeal the $100k fine issued by the league for dropping a homophobic slur during last night's game ... but he  never squarely apologized for calling the ref a "f**king f**got."

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Kobe said the decision to appeal the fine is "standard protocol."

Kobe also said, "The concern that I have is for those that follow what I say ... look to me as a role model .. for them not to take what was said as a message of hate or a license to degrade ... or to embarrass or tease ... because that's something I don't wanna see have happen."

Kobe stated he plans to talk to gay rights groups.

Kobe said his message to people is, "It's OK to be who you are."

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dd    

Enough Already!

1292 days ago
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Sam    

When we support those that abuse the rights and liberties of others we defile our own rights as citizens in this country.

Kobe Bryant comitted a hate crim and should be charged for his hate speech.

1292 days ago
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The Train!    

i'm tired of these interest groups and lobbies pestering people about what words they use. kobe, appeal the fine, don't meet with any groups, and don't apologize.

1292 days ago
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Sam    

It is hypocritical for an African American male in a prodominantly African American sport to use hate speech during a broadcasted event in the United States. The federal government has a duty to charge Kobe with the hate crime he has comitted.

1292 days ago
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dimes    

You'd think he would want to put this behind him asap. That's not going to happen if he appeals the fine, it's just going to prolong the media coverage connecting Kobe with the word f*ggot.

Not smart.

1292 days ago
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Sam    

"The concern that I have is for those that follow what I say"

If you can't do the time then don't do the crime. Kobe is man enough to use hate speech and is also man enough to accept the punishment for it.

Aplogizing for muder doesn't make the murder go away.

1292 days ago
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Dalia    

Sam, Kobe didn't commit a hate crime. He didn't physically hurt anyone. All he did was say a bad word that can be used against homosexuals but he didn't use it that way. This Is The USA we have freedom of speech he shouldn't be charged with anything. This whole thing is ridiculous.

1292 days ago
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Sam    

I would expect the men of the NBA to come to the defense of those that are abused, not support the abuser.

1292 days ago
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janet    

Bryant should appeal. He did nothing wrong. Enough with the homosexuals, yes, male and female, being offendend at every turn when it suits them.

Once again, homosexuals clean up your own self-slurs. Funny how you don't pull the offended and sue each other. Why not? How come?

1292 days ago
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Flyboy    

He seemed truly remorseful. With that said, he shouldn't appeal the fine. He should drop the appeal, and he and the Lakers, and the NBA should move to reassure everyone that they do NOT stand for homophobic bigotry.

1292 days ago
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Sam    

Sam, Kobe didn't commit a hate crime. He didn't physically hurt anyone. All he did was say a bad word that can be used against homosexuals but he didn't use it that way. This Is The USA we have freedom of speech he shouldn't be charged with anything. This whole thing is ridiculous.

Posted at 3:50 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by Dalia


Kobe comitted agrivated assault and while broadcasting his crime on federal telecominications transmission feeds he was comitting a felony.

Kobe's hate speech would be regared as a hate crime and that is a federal offense. You can be certain that the FCC is well aware of their duty in charging Kobe with a hate crime but has chosen not to.

The Federal Government has chosen to turn a blind eye to Kobe Bryants crime against the FCC.

1292 days ago
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jack-55d79    

I think if applicable they should fine him. I imagine cursing at a ref is applicable, especially if it's a controversial term. He shouldn't appeal. He should pay the fine, remember that it's offensive, and get on with his life. I think by appealing a lot of people will automaticlaly assume he doesn't see a problem with it, because he isn't a poor man.

1292 days ago
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john5oregon    

Oh F**K him. He makes enough cash. What a little ****.

1292 days ago
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Home Skillet    

Wait a minute ... sooooo, Westboro Baptist "Church" can say whatever they **** they want to about whomever the **** they want to - soldiers, homosexuals, etc. - but, Kobe Bryant has one outburst and he's being nailed to the cross? I understand the ugliness of the word "***got" and I'm not excusing it by any stretch of the imagination, but c'mon - either let Kobe's words slide, or dish out penalties to Westboro Baptist "Church", too. Those people are disgusting cretins who need to be shutdown. Kobe made a mistake.

1292 days ago
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ocgirl    

Just pay up and watch your mouth! 100K is not much to him.

1292 days ago
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