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Kobe Bryant

I Didn't Mean

To Offend Anyone

4/13/2011 3:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant has issued a statement about his homophobic outburst during last night's Lakers game -- essentially admitting to using the word "f**got" and explaining, “What I said last night should not be taken literally."

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Kobe continues, "My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. "

He adds, "The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”

As we previously reported, Kobe mouthed the words, "f**king f**got" towards an NBA referee last night after he was hit with a technical foul.

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Annie    

Of course the words do not reflect his true feelings. Kobe loves gay men. He plays B Ball so he can touch other boys who-has without getting punched.

1266 days ago
2.

Fred    

What is all the fuss from the gay and lesbian community. I mean it's the harley riders who should be in an uproar. But seriously this is a non story people in all walks of life use that word. Words are just words.

1266 days ago
3.

Sean    

Stereotypical athlete. Screw you Kobe, don't be so ignorant.

1266 days ago
4.

norm abrams    

Yeah, right. Send him to rehab and everything will be forgotten. Who uses that terminology now anyway? Other than high schoolers on the playground. In the heat of the moment my fat ass. Yeah, right.

1266 days ago
5.

rico    

HES SORRY NOW. THEY ALWAYS ARE WHEN THEY GET CAUGHT. LIKE HE APOLIZED TO HIS WIFE WHEN HE GOT CAUGHT CHEATING.OR WAS IT RAPEING?

1266 days ago
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Rocket    

You let the cat out of the bag, Kobe.

Maybe you shoulda went to college and learned something about people before you decide to open your mouth "during the heat of the game".

1266 days ago
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Mike L    

Don't apologize Kobe, you didn't do anything wrong. These ****ing ***gots are trying to take away our freedom of speech. If you wanna say something, you have every right to do so. They don't like it, thats too damn bad.

1266 days ago
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RayRay    

you could go to any live basketball, football, hockey game and that phrase would be said 100 times...Who cares.

If you do care, you need to grow a pair and get a life.

1266 days ago
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Indygirl    

No one ever "MEANS" to offend anyone but using words like that in today's day and age are just unacceptable. Don't act like you didn't KNOW that word is offensive...ignorant. Remove it from your vocabulary and then they won't slip out in the heat of the moment. I don't shout words like that when I get angry because I don't USE those words.

1266 days ago
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sacrakings23    

I hate that punk!!! he needs to be stomped on the way his wife did when he ot caught cheating.

1266 days ago
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Big Daddy    

Kobie, there has to be a penalty for this. So after some careful consideration, you will spend a couple of nights with Lebrons Mom. You'll think Gay.

1266 days ago
12.

Bill    

I would not accept his apologize, why, in the heat of the moment, are the first word that he thinks about is f*g. I would think this is worse than the drunk that uses racial slurs, he was sober and should know better, he is from LA. Make a example of him and suspend him for a game without pay, at least he will not be able to buy that new car or something.

1266 days ago
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Linda Penland     

Coby you are a Role model that kids look up to so Please please show more manners and respect towards others. I am very disappointed at your behavior but only you can show the kids out there that you are human and tell others how your behavior was wrong. Control your temper and if you can't get anger management.

1266 days ago
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arnie    

Just like he didn't men to allegedly rape that girl in Colorado.

1266 days ago
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kdh    

That word needs to be removed from all socially acceptable speech. What if the referee had called Kobe a f***ing "N" word?? There's no difference. Doesn't matter the intention.

1266 days ago
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