Kobe Bryant: Lakers and GLAAD Work Together to Keep Anti-Gay Slurs Out of Game
Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Lakers Own Up to NBA Star's Anti-Gay Slur
After TNT cameras captured Kobe Bryant hurling an anti-gay slur at referee Bennie Adams in Tuesday's Lakers-Spurs game, the Lakers star, amid national uproar, was forced to issue an apology.
Said Bryant, via ESPN, "The comment that I made, even though it wasn't meant in the way it was perceived to be, is nonetheless wrong, so it's important to own that."
Turns out the Lakers have owned up to even more, sparking a partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) on Friday in efforts to combat homophobic remarks on the court.
The same day, Bryant apologized again on The Dan Patrick Show:
"It was just stupid and ignorant," Bryant said. "In this situation, seeing how many people were affected, it helps you understand the weight that comes from that word. That's why it's very important for me to communicate how sorry I am to use the word."
What first started as a deplorable action by Bryant now stands to exact change in careless utterance of such words, and the fact that something positive has come from this should be applauded.
I'm not saying we should credit Bryant for spurring such debate, but what ensued after should be commended.
Bryant has done more than just issue a statement.
He's reached out to the gay community and gone above and beyond what the normal ballplayer does.
As arrogant and ignorant as some people may find him, the truth is he isn't just sweeping this under the rug; he's bringing the issue to the forefront.
But one thing Kobe, please rescind your appeal for your $100,000 fine from the league. It's not just "standard protocol," you have an option. If you really want to make up for everything, bite the bullet completely.
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