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Kobe Bryant

Magic's Support of Gay Son

IS AWESOME!

4/3/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Kobe Bryant is awestruck by a former Lakers star who rivals him -- Magic Johnson ... telling TMZ Magic's support of his gay son is a lesson everyone, including pro athletes, should learn.

TMZ broke the story ... Magic and Cookie are 100% behind their son, EJ, who is openly gay.  Kobe tells us ... "Of course Magic is supportive of and loves his son.  Why should anyone be surprised?"

Kobe says, "What I can't tolerate is a lack of tolerance." 

The strong implication -- tolerance is not just limited to parents and their kids, but to pro athletes whose teammates may soon come out of the closet.

In case you aren't reading between the lines -- given Kobe's stature, his statement could have a huge impact on athletes coming out.

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91.

myopinion    

Kobe sit down and shut up!

467 days ago
92.

martinsheenfan    

OMG! In the picture with the pocketbook he looks like Keenan in one of the SNL skits.

467 days ago
93.

August    

I'm sure if we checked Magic & Cookie's file cabinets we would find HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS in receipts for GAY-TO-STRAIGHT TREATMENT PROGRAMS, GROUP THERAPY, PSYCHO-WACKO MEDS, and INSANE ASYLUM BILLS.....for his FLAMING FRUITCAKE SON...

467 days ago
94.

Fantastic Four    

I love this guy!!!

Its a straight-out Hate Crime if the NBA doesn't make Earvin Johnson III the new head of the Minority Development Programs.

Who represents black athletes better than Earvin Johnson III?

No one.

Kobe likes him. Magic loves him.

EARVIN JOHNSON III IS ALL GREAT BLACK ATHLETES ROLLED UP INTO ONE!

467 days ago
95.

Keith    

isn't Kobe the one who was fined 100,000 for calling a ref a homophobic slur last year?

467 days ago
96.

scandal@ungibungi.com    

LOL! He looks FAB-U-LOUSSSS !!

467 days ago
97.

August    

Elton John "And I thought I was flaming...."

467 days ago
98.

scoopie    

Junior needs to shop for a pair of glasses that fit.

467 days ago
99.

RealTalk777    

Kobe's gay too , that's why he's tolerant of the situation

467 days ago
100.

coolaid 170    

Lol

467 days ago
101.

paigehop    

And we're supposed to jump on the bandwagon of that lascivious swine (Kobe Bryant)?! Laughable. EJ Johnson's behavior is grotesquely un-natural and revolting! I mean, really, people, look at his behavior! I'm not going to be one of the sheeple.

467 days ago
102.

EastCoastChopper    

We all know Magic got some sugar in his tank... jus sayin!

467 days ago
103.

NYCBlackMan    

Kob gets one point for forward thinking but he still cheated and married out of his race and that is very NO BUENO in 2013! TRUTH!

467 days ago
104.

paigehop    

Mentally ill. And I'm serious. Where was supportive daddy and mommy when this kid was [most likely] sexually abused?!

467 days ago
105.

b.mclane    

In the Roman Empire homosexuality was out in the open and just a fact of life. Live and let live. It was viewed as a matter of preference. But I have to say this over the top kid would get a rise out of old Rome. Why make a spectacle of yourself? The huge fur, old ladies purse, the over the top gestures and mannerisms?? Its like he is putting on an act. If you dislike his approach you have every right to say so without being slandered or ridiculed. The "tolerant nazi's" in this country are EVERYTHING but tolerate. My gay brother rolls his eyes and I have to say, in my experience, flamboyant Gay men like EJ never end well.

467 days ago
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