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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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106.

NY2012    

It is very sad it were discussing the fact that he's gay or not it's wonderful that he has a great relationship with his son and that should be enough

485 days ago
107.

Christine    

If Kobe truly, "can't tolerate a lack of tolerance," then he must also be tolerant of others' views, including views that don't fall in line with his own. I'm tired of folks claiming they are tolerant (about a given topic) but then show complete intolerance of another. Be respectful of those with faith who want a chance at eternal life in Paradise for themselves and their children. Otherwise, Kobe has proven himself intolerant and a hypocrite.

485 days ago
108.

Nobrows    

That's more than openly gay. Wow.

485 days ago
109.

D-INCARNATION    

Magics behind him alright and he' going to town...

485 days ago
110.

newsjunkie69    

Didn't Kobe call a referee a fa.g.got? He can't stand intolerance? What a hypocrite!

485 days ago
111.

mznicc    

What the hell is his obsession with FUR? WOW. He looks like a Black Big Bird character of the sorts....WTF? As a kid he looked Gay too....this was his destiny!

485 days ago
112.

D-INCARNATION    

Vince" McMahon needs to get this guy in the ring, imagine the heat he could draw, knocking guys out with the loaded purse...

485 days ago
113.

Raine    

I am happy for their acceptance because so many don't get it... however I am mad because I saw him the other day with the 1200$ bag I wanted... : (

485 days ago
114.

EasilyHard    

Can't pick your kids ! They're like a box of of chocolates..... Octomom Voice

485 days ago
115.

Throwback kid    

I do not believe Magic Johnson is the real father, I believe this flamboyant overweight young man is the son of Fat Albert

485 days ago
116.

Gargamel    

People who discriminate against others because of race, religion, appearance, or, sexual preference are the lowest form of life.

485 days ago
117.

Violent Pope    

He certainly doesn't dress like a gay dude.

485 days ago
118.

tom    

Of course hes gonna say this...He's playing in an area with a high homosexual population. I highly doubt he truly feels this way. Being such a visible public person he doesnt want to offend people. Its pretty sad when people cant express how they truly feel. I doubt he would want to play on the same team with a flaming homo.

485 days ago
119.

Truth    

Liberals preaching about intolerance is always HILARIOUS. Just disagree with a liberal on any subject and watch what happens.

485 days ago
120.

Lindy    

N

485 days ago
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