Kobe Bryant, NBA’s bad boy is fined $100,000.000 for calling an NBA referee a “fucking faggot”. During a game on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant who was ejected from the game, called out to the referee Bennie Adams and mouthed the words “fucking faggot”. Bryant later said that the comment was made in the heat of the game and did not reflect a personal dislike for the LGBT community.
Bryant in an interview on ESPN 710 Radio following the incident was apologetic for his actions saying “The comment that I made, even though it was not meant in the way it was perceived to be, is none the less wrong, so it is important to won that.” Bryant said that he would be appealing the fine, however that was just a formality.
NBA Commissioner David Stern said that the comment was “offensive and inexcusable”. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) through its president Joe Solmones said he applauded the NBA’s swift action in fining Bryant. Solmones noted that Bryant had reached out to him personally to express his apologies for the incident.
Bryant can be clearly seen on video mouthing the words, but the question is, if the referee did not hear them, should he be fined. The fact that he called out to the referee just prior to making the statement would mean that he had every intention for him to hear it. The fact that he did not hear it should be of no consequence. There are this who would say that in the heat of the game, it is a given.
Then there are those who would ask, well is Bennie Adams gay? One may think that with the HRC’s swift decent on the situation. Regardless of wether it was said in the heat of the moment or not, the fact is that it appeared on television and to let it just pass would in itself be offensive. Had Adams had said something like “nigger sit down” or even mouthed it, we would have demanded his head.
Bryant admits to saying it so case closed. Do I agree that he should be fined $100,000.00 for it? Yes I do, however I would much rather see the fine paid to an LGBT organization. Kobe just needs to shut up, however I think that after this he probably will