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Kobe Scolds Fan On Twitter For Using Gay Slur

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Kobe Bryant scolded a fan today on Twitter for using the word “gay” in a derogatory way.

The Lakers star noticed that two of his fans used the phrase “your gay” doing a Twitter conversation last night. Kobe, who apparently isn’t offended by your / you’re confusion, was offended that someone would use “gay” as an insult.

Bryant sent @PacSmoove and @pooke09 a message, saying:

“Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using “your gay” as a way to put someone down ain’t ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab.”

The two Twitter users were quick to note that Kobe was being a bit of a hypocrite. After all, Bryant did get fined $100,000 in 2011 for calling a referee a “f*cking fag.” But Bryant said that he’s changed his ways that he was sorry for the way he used to talk.

Bryant said:

@onepercentofone @pookeo9 exactly! That wasn’t cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others.”

The NBA might not be as homophobic as the NFL but the league does see its share of bigotry. Incidents like Kobe Bryant’s comment in 2011 and Amare Stoudemire’s offensive tweet at the beginning of 2012 show that there is still a long way to go for equal rights in sports.

Do you think Kobe Bryant did the right thing by scolding his fans? Do you think he’s a hypocrite?

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