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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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31.

MICKEY    

RAPIST, WOMANIZER, RACIST, UNEDUCATED, HOMOPHOBIC = KOBIE BRYANT

PROUD HUSBAND AND FATHER??

1287 days ago
32.

ocgirl    

The public forgave him for rape. Let's see if they will forgive him for this. My guess is yes, except for some who can't get over it.

I get what he said was out of frustration, but he is a role model, like it or not and he should choose his words more carefully.

1287 days ago
33.

am 28    

all u f..s need to get over this. good job kobe.

1287 days ago
34.

Bill    

I agree that they are not going to suspend Kobe for his stupidity, but maybe a 250K fine would make him think twice the next time he is going to use these words, and maybe a one day seminar about hatred against overs. Then the whole team could lecture him on what they could of been doing instead of sitting in some room.

1287 days ago
35.

ladyofsoul    

Ima need all you people to fall off Kobe...so what he said the word f**got, big deal. Don't act like none of ya'll never used the word before. Did he go up to the refs face and call him that NO...kobe was pissed and he said it out of aggression and anger! It was a heated game. I have no problem wit gay communities at all but ya'll sure are some sue happy and love to be some drama starters. Nobody said anything about Lebrons mother for saying "f**king N**ger" that's ok, but Kobe says f**got indirectly and now its a huge deal...whatever!

1287 days ago
36.

brown dynamite    

RAPIST, WOMANIZER, RACIST, UNEDUCATED, HOMOPHOBIC = KOBIE BRYANT

PROUD HUSBAND AND FATHER??

Posted at 12:06 PM on Apr 13, 2011 by MICKEY

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Who the hell is KobIe Bryant?
IDIOT=MICKEY

1287 days ago
37.

smashley    

Ignorant and overpaid. I hate that people don't care what atheletes do or say as long as they win. This behavior should be condemned. If another player said "f*cking N-word" in the "heat of the moment" I'm sure he would not feel that a half hearted apology would suffice.

1287 days ago
38.

janet    

Stero types for a reason. Bryant, Lakers, NBA has nothing to apologize for. But did anyway. Ok, done and over.

Homosexual allience move on to the next offended whatever.

1287 days ago
39.

Big Dog    

Kobe does not have respect for anyone but Kobe! That is why he paid off the girl he raped and why he spouts off hatred at a referee. I wonder if he would be cool with someone calling him a ****** and then saying "well, hey it was taken out of context blah blah blah".

1287 days ago
40.

mike    

Does that mean a gay dude can call someone a ****** and then claim it does not reflect upon his views of black people?

1287 days ago
41.

Bill    

I have a idea, maybe the next home game, all gay people that hold seasons tickets could wear a tshirt and show the NBA where the money for those floor seats really comes from. $$$$= talk

1287 days ago
42.

THIN LIZZY    

Not a Kolbe fan but he didn't rape that girl, she's a straight up ho bag, Kolbe screwed the day he quits playing ball, cuz that's when his wife is gonna divorce him. I see it coming, she's gonna break him.

1287 days ago
43.

R.Zimmerman    

Kobe Bryant is a pig. Who cares? This is sooooooooooo tiresome. People have the right to say what they want. Yes,even if it's ignorant. Don't like what you hear? Tune out, don't buy, etc. Everyone just grow up and stop whinning and bleating about all these holier-than-thou social agendas being forced upon us all.

1287 days ago
44.

Wellington     

Would Kolbe be forgiving if the ref called him the "N" word and just said, "Gee, I didn't mean it"?

So what didn't Kolbe mean--that the ref isn't one or he wasn't trying to insult him by calling him one?

1287 days ago
45.

Joe    

although I dont care too much for kobe, it is amazing that people have to apologize for offending people when something is said out of anger. why cant these gay people go back in the closet and let the rest of society live the way they want to. repent for your sins gay community. dont think your lifestyle is something to be embraced. it is something that you will regret on judgment day from the lord.

1287 days ago
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