After receiving a technical foul in last nights Lakers vs. Spurs game Kobe Bryant sat down on his teams bench and was caught on camera using a homophobic slur. Watching the video viewers soon realized that Kobe said “F*cking F*ggot.”
The video quickly went viral and the NBA fined Bryant $100,000 for his actions, while the NBA’s biggest star apologize for his actions after they went public, stating:
“What I said last night should not be taken literally,”and “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.”
The slur occurred in the 3rd quarter of the game and was directed at referee Bennie Adams who gave Bryant the technical foul.
Here’s the video of Bryant using the homophobic slur:
After the game The Human Rights Campaign, an organization that supported lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights condemned Kobe’s action:
“Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of such language not only offends millions of LGBT people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate.”