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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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121.

Lindy    

Nice he is proud but i bet secretly he wishes his son was a basketball player like him...

532 days ago
122.

Gravity's Silhouette    

So Earvin Johnson III, who is not an athlete (but is no stranger to having balls slammed against his face) is now the poster-child for "tolerance" and creating a more accepting environment for gay athletes to come out in? Who knew he was such a pioneering activist?

What I see is a preening queen auditioning for BET's version of Absolutely Fabulous. EJ is beyond gay. I don't even know if there's a word for what EJ is, but I must admire Magic's restraint, because if that were my son I'd be kicking his ass till he dropped the tiara, the dress and the handbag.

532 days ago
123.

Mitch    

Said the man who sodomized a young hotel worker and called a referee a ****ing ***got. He's so evolved, isn't he???

532 days ago
124.

Truth    

FUGLIEST MOFO EVER - GAAAY OR NOT!! DUDE IS A PERFECT CANDIDATE FOR XTREME MAKEOVER: XXXL EDITION. #TRUTH!!

532 days ago
125.

bwestbroker    

Considering the way he dresses..wonder if he is in fact transgender...gay people don't usually dress so badly.Whatever he is,I'm glad his family is accepting his "differentness" and allowing him to discover who HE is.

532 days ago
126.

eeep    

Not all gay men are walking around with purses and furs. I don't agree with the look but he certainly should be allowed to. If he wants to carry a purse that's his business, I could really careless.

532 days ago
127.

Roman Moroni    

He looks like sum'en - fat malcolm x

532 days ago
128.

Eric     

Do you guys maybe not actually know what 'awestruck' means? Kobes response is basically the opposite of it. Do you see awe? surprise? No..its just blunt agreement. Get a dictionary, TMZ.

532 days ago
129.

Cali    

What girl would want his fat ugly ass anyway!!! All the boys can have him!!! He's a hot ass mess!!!

532 days ago
130.

chuck    

what a proud parent,can't wait for baby pictures/////

532 days ago
131.

be real    

These celeb men get rich and their sons get raised by nannies and moms- These celebs men sons grow up like spoiled pampered princess. When you daddy is getting MANI and PEDI- what do you expect even dr dre sons!!! metro sexual HAHA naw closet gay!!! I bet he never even played in the dirt or magic never took him to the court or fishing....smh... smh

rich men soft celebs!!!!

532 days ago
132.

be real    

Be real.. anything flies with celebs- They want fans!!!! Being gay is telling "God you are wrong". Of course kobe will support anything- get the attentionoff him raping that yt girl...

Celebs are the mainone promoting this- Cali Devil's playland!!!!

532 days ago
133.

fahd ali hussain alhmeid    

{/c جهولا

532 days ago
134.

be real    

I knew america was daMned when they remove "In God we trust" from Everything- Gay agenda was strong then. NO Religion = no need for Morals!! EVERYONE SHOULD DO AS THEY WANT... EVERY SIN POSSIBLE. WHO CARES NOW ANYWAY!!!!

532 days ago
135.

TPF    

Well of course both of these men have such an out standing reputation. Magic sleeps with no telling how many women and finally gets HIV disease and then Kobe gets away with a problem in Colorado that he bought himself out of and then bought his wife too.
Now the gay issue, come on people wake up these people think they are special because they have money. Just regular thugs is what they are. I don't care how they played the game, it does not change who they really are. Pathetic!

532 days ago
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