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Basketball star Kobe Bryant fined $100,000 for anti-gay slur

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  1. Jock S. Trap 14 Apr 2011, 10:20am

    I can see the fine is a punishment but considering how much these player makes it’s just a wrap on the knuckles.

    Is this amount really a deterrent?

    They need to think about more severe penalties iif they true want to rid of homophobia in sport.

    1. Paddyswurds 14 Apr 2011, 11:47am

      $100,000 is a fairly hefty rap on the knuckles, but when those same knuckles are firmly dragging on the floor, $1 million wouldnt register. This moron should have been thrown out of the league and barred from playing or coaching professionaly for the rest of his sorry life. The fact that he was accused of rape in the past marks him out as a rather nasty piece of work. Just why are Black men or indeed Black people in general, so homophobic..

      1. Jock S. Trap 14 Apr 2011, 12:25pm

        I agree. He apparently earned $23,034,375 in 2010 so $100,000 is nothing to the like of him. It’s hard gonna make a difference. They need to take tougher action if they are serious about ridding the games of homophobia.

        As for the black people homophobic, A lost of that is down to religion but there are some accepting ones out there.


      2. 100k sounds like about 5 minutes’ work at that rate!!

        I think the best thing he could do would be community service – working for LGBT homeless charities in New York, where the problem is rife.

        1. Jock S. Trap 14 Apr 2011, 12:59pm

          Totally. Maybe he’ll learn something.

      3. Did you honestly just go so far as to announce that in general the black race is homophobic???? Why the hell do we even stand up for gay rights if some idiot like you can so openly make assumptions without valid basis (aka stereotypes) about other minority groups and find it perfectly normal. So I ask you Paddyswurds to reject the premise of your arguement until you personally get to know enough black people to make a valid assertion of their feelings. And since they make up 13% of the US population, you would have to question atleast 6.6% of the African American population to assess tha the majority of Blacks are homophobic.

  2. ‘What I said last night should not be taken literally,’

    How should it be taken then?

    If someone was to use a racist slur against Mr Bryand used that excuse then you can imagine the response,

    This is the self-same Kobe Bryant who in 2003 was accused of rape.

    It never went to criminal trial as the alleged victim refused to testify after Mr Bryant settled the civil suit against him.

  3. To fine people is all very well as a deterrent but I would be more interested if I knew the money was to be used in a positive way too. This was an ‘anti-gay slur’ so how about the money going to some LGB organisation or charity?

    1. Jock S. Trap 14 Apr 2011, 10:51am

      Excellent comment Bill. It would be interesting to see where these fine do go and your right they should go to LGBT charities.

  4. Are all mainstream sport professions just made up of scum bags ?

    The only exception I think of is F1.

    Really why do they think they are so special they can shout abuse and be horrid to people. They ain’t special they just get lots of money for doing nothing, race car 200mph amazing, throw or kick ball… Yea…

    1. don’t forget tennis…

      1. Paddyswurds 14 Apr 2011, 11:38am

        Or Rugby Union….

        1. Jock S. Trap 14 Apr 2011, 12:33pm

          and cricket.

          I do think the more different sports become tolerant and accepting the better that game with become. Football is so far behind most sports on this. Which is a shame really considering the Gay England Football Team Stonewall FC won the 2008 World Cup and always seem to do extremely well, ya’d think the ordinary England team would be greatful for having some help and advice in them actually winning anything.

    2. you kidding right? all sports have got good and bad guy’s

      you just don’t hear that much about the bad guy’s in other sports

  5. “What I said last night should not be taken literally,” he said.”

    I suppose using another offensive term, like n!gger, can that be used in a way that is not to be taken literally?

  6. “What I said last night should not be taken literally,” he said.

    Translation: “I didn’t actually mean YOU were a f*gg*t – dear me, no. I was just using it as a general term of abuse to mean ‘crap’ and worthless’.”

    That’s alright then, Kobe. Not. And why the hell is he appealing against the fine if he accepts he did wrong?

    1. Iris – “Not. And why the hell is he appealing against the fine if he accepts he did wrong?”
      That’s easy, it’s cos he a disgusting and totally spoiled little man who doesn’t think he should be punished for throwing his teddy in a corner.
      These “sportsmen” who behave like this are vile and the teams who employ them should share at least part of the blame, they’re the ones who let the ill-disciplined morons act like this

      1. “the teams who employ them should share at least part of the blame” (I agree), instead of presumably being quite happy to pocket any fine imposed. That would seem to be a win/win situation (reference my earlier comment).

      2. I totally agree, kaz.

  7. Helen Wilson 14 Apr 2011, 11:53am

    Is he sorry or just sorry he got caught?

    Maybe a better punishment would be for him to do some voluntary work with a LGBT youth group, only then would he get to understand the hurt those words can do. Harder to dismiss it as just words when you see the effect homophobic bullying has on a child.

    1. I like this one, could well be an opportunity for a change in attitude.

    2. Jock S. Trap 14 Apr 2011, 12:34pm

      Excellent idea Helen and one that could be adopted here also.

  8. To see the real nature of black people, look up the site It’s an eye-opener.

    1. Paddyswurds 14 Apr 2011, 4:32pm

      That is a disgraceful website to direct anyone to nevermind GLB people. How does blatant racism advance the argument. It would lower us down to the level of the most base homophobes. If Pink News Has any power over these pages atall they should remove your disgraceful racist comment.

  9. If he’s genuinely remorseful then why is he appealing the fine? Or does he truly believe that it wasn’t really that serious?

    1. Jock S. Trap 14 Apr 2011, 12:35pm

      Good points!

  10. Kobe Bryant refused to defend his reputation against charges of rape – instead preferring to settle his case out of court.

    He is a disgusting human being.

  11. Out of curiosity what type of moronic idiot is Joe Solmoese – the head of the HRC who made the following ABSURD statement: “At the end of a difficult day, I applaud Kobe for coming forward and taking responsibility for his actions.”

    But Bryant is appealing the fine?

    I guess he must have promised an envelope containing money to the HRC.

  12. If he truly is sorry, as he says AND he earns $23M a year I don’t understand why he is appealing the fine.

    In this case I think his actions speak louder than his (post-game) words. Admitting it was wrong and taking the punishment fine would issue the message that he was contriite. Appealling what, to him, is a small fine suggests that he doen’t believe what he did even warrants that small rap on the knuckles.

    1. Jock S. Trap 14 Apr 2011, 5:06pm

      I agree. When he earns $442,968 a week so $100,000 is hardly gonna be missed. If he was truely sorry he wouldn’t be appealling this decision.

  13. He’s going to appeal the ruling? The arrogance . . .

  14. Kobe Bryant, is a strutting Jerk, gets away with rape, one can only guess what else this jerk is guilty of, on the down low!!!
    Gay slur??? This jerk is A SLUR. I now
    only read sports page, when lakers lose.
    Over Paid,Bigot.

  15. Chris Lowry 15 Apr 2011, 10:21am

    If he admited what he did and was truly sorry for what he had done, and given the huge salary he earns, surely he should just ‘man up’ and take it on the chin!

  16. The real news here is not Kobe’s slip of the tongue or his sizable fine for a moment’s improper verbal slur. What should be noted is the NBA’s now official position regarding such slurs, and what it means to the future of pro-basketball player demeanor in the US. There was a time when such slurs would have passed unknown, of if known, undisciplined.

    I believe that Kobe is sincere in his apology and that he is aware of being a role model to young men. It would nice to see him donate money to the GCSC in Los Angeles, or Project Angel Food. That would seal the deal.

  17. LA Sports Fan 16 Apr 2011, 7:04pm

    More follow-up: Gay rights groups in California, specifically GLAAD, have made good use of this highly publicized slur by Kobe Bryant.

    “What happened in Tuesday night’s game is not representative of what the Lakers stand for,” Lakers vice president of public relations John Black said. “We want to reaffirm our commitment to all our fans and our appreciation for the support we receive from all segments of society.

    “We also understand the importance of positive messages in helping us convey this. We appreciate the input we’ve received from GLAAD the past two days and will look forward to working with them on ways to help educate ourselves and our fans and to help keep language like this out of game.”

    GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said the slur creates “a real opportunity to build support for our community and educate fans of Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA about the use of such words.” Bryant issued a third apology in an interview on KSPN-710 sports radio.

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