Video: Kobe Uses Gay Slur Toward Ref (UPDATES)
Funky fanbelt. Funny fat boys. We’ll let you decide what Kobe actually said to referee Bennie Adams (around the 0:36 mark) after getting his 15th T of the season in last night’s game against the Spurs. Warning: vulgar language.
UPDATE: Kobe issued an apology this afternoon: “What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”
UPDATE: The NBA fined Kobe $100,000 for making an anti-gay slur. Commissioner David Stern issued the following statement: “Kobe Bryant’s comment during last night’s game was offensive and inexcusable. While I’m fully aware that basketball is an emotional game, such a distasteful term should never be tolerated. Accordingly, I have fined Kobe $100,000. Kobe and everyone associated with the NBA know that insensitive or derogatory comments are not acceptable and have no place in our game or society.”