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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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166.

Flyboy    

Washout22, again, why do most people not find homosexuality unacceptable. Just 10 years ago a majority of people thought homosexuality should be illegal. Now about 50-50 people support same-sex marriage, with the 50% for it being younger and growing in support. Why is that? Why do you base an entire persons' LIFE on ANAL SEX? Are you that perverted? Why do you care what sex they have? Just because you don't understand homosexuality doesn't make it wrong, it makes you ignorant. And there isn't anything much to understand, some men like men, some women like women. Oh wait, you haven't said anything about lesbians. Typical male homophobe. OBSESSED with male anal sex. Over 1/3 of heterosexuals have anal sex too, are they bad people? You're so concerned with the sexuality of others. You have problems.

Tee, the Bible never says "hate gay people". As for me being an internet thug, um, no, I just call things like they are. Which is the fact you write BARELY intelligible English and basically live for a 2000 year old book. I'm sure you brainwash your kids too. That's what insecure religious fundamentalists too, force their beliefs on others, because you're desperate for validation. Very empty life. I have nothing to be scared of, I'm not homophobic.

1267 days ago
167.

Carl    

I notice he doesn't actually apologize for saying it. By not doing that he is effectively blaming all of us for not understanding him.

1267 days ago
168.

tee    

sarah go sit on a bed post maybe u will like it all gay people r demons 2 me!!!!!!!!!! they r da devil yall dont think they really have demonS AND SPIRITS??? THATS WHAT GAY PEOPL R 2 ME thats y i choose 2 stay away from them

1267 days ago
169.

Flyboy    

What you should do tee is find something in your life worth living for that doesn't lead to you being violent.

1267 days ago
170.

karlew    

Everyone needs to take a valium. It's a word nothing more. So tired of idiots and their politically correct whining. If you're too sensitive to hear nasty words sometimes then go live in a cave. You're not anywhere near strong enough to live in our society. Plus how many people here crying have used the word themselves to insult someone? My guess is 100% of you. Stop with the hypocritical simpering.

1267 days ago
171.

Josephina    

People should seriously get over this. Everyone says things they don't mean when they're angry; this doesn't mean he's homophobic. The gay community looks bad/sensitive when people get upset about stupid stuff like this.

1267 days ago
172.

tee    

fly boy i jus dont feel like typin da complete word thats all aint like i dont know how 2 spell all gay people r da devil n my eyes and so r u tryna make us accept a screwed up life style **** on ur ****????? c'mon thats nasty ewwwwww im thru u r da devil im convinced

1267 days ago
173.

RobertInLB    

He's only sorry because it was caught on live TV and you would have to be an idiot not to know exactly what he said and meant.

Just another homophobic d/l professional athlete.

1267 days ago
174.

Flyboy    

Karlew, tell that to the 12 year old gay bashed. Tell him he's too weak to live in society. And that he should just accept being called a fa**ot daily.

pink floyd, there is no closet for gay people to live in. They live in every day society, like you and me. Why don't you get over your homophobia. Yeah, because it's YOU with the problem.

biggs, obviously a LOT of people care that he used this gay slur, which is why he apologized and why there is damage control being done. You may not understand this, but decent human beings have heart, and empathy and respect towards others. Nothing excuses hateful language. In the heat of the moment, is a person allowed to say the n-word to a black man or c-word to a woman? Don't know many who would excuse that. This isn't acceptable either.

Gay acceptance will keep rising, biggs. And the gay community will continue fighting for what's right. Time for YOU to deal with it.

1267 days ago
175.

tee    

flyboy i live 4 my kids 4 beautiful kids imnnot violent but when sum 1 tries 2 push stuff on me that i know thats wrong i tend 2 get upset and u right maybe even violent but thats da devils tryna make me act out da devils meaning da gay people

1267 days ago
176.

tee    

i bet u that there r no gay people n heaven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1267 days ago
177.

Sarah    

tee - you are exhibiting signs of being closet case and we are all gonna laugh at you when your kids come out of the closet!

and if you believe in demons and spirits you should have your meds adjusted

1267 days ago
178.

Flyboy    

Keisha1980, around 35-40% of people have an issue with interracial relationships. Should we vote on their rights? You do know that elections don't speak for every and all people, right?

We can agree to disagree on certain things, but respect for all legal citizens is not up for debate.

Josephina, the only person who looks bad here is Kobe Bryant. He used an anti-gay slur. And the fact a lot of people don't see the issue in it is devastating and shows a lot of work needs to be done in society.

1267 days ago
179.

Jonathan    

JFC people get the **** Over it and GTFO!!! I could personally give a crap. It was said in the heat of the moment. Kobe is an American IDOL IMO...

1267 days ago
180.

Flyboy    

Tee, gay people are the devil, huh. Because............they're gay. Yeah, that's not sane. And no-one is pushing anything on you, you're actually obsessed with homosexuality, and you should address that.

Sarah, you're awesome!

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