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Kobe Apologizes for Gay Slur, Sort Of

Jay April 13, 2011 Uncategorized 7 Comments

Let's all scan into our memory banks all the back to early November for a moment.  No we don't need to recall the Friday night game at the Garden when the Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls to conjure up some pleasant memories.  I'm referring to earlier that week when they were in Detroit, throttling the Pistons.  We all remember quite vividly what happened after the game.

Charlie Villanueva sent out a tweet that accused Kevin Garnett of issuing some nasty statements his way. We all know what happened, but here's a solid synopsis of the entire fiasco.  The interesting thing about it was that there was no video or audio evidence.  It was essentially a he-said, he-said.  Yet, there were countless stories written, blog posts and Twitter arguments eviscerating KG.  So last night during the Lakers/Spurs game, Kobe Bryant gets caught on camera uttering these words:

Look, I have a hard time believing that KG is that insensitive to cancer patients just as much as I doubt Kobe is homophobic.  My point here is that for all those people demanding an explanation and apology from KG should be asking at least that much from Kobe here, if not more.  Kobe's "apology" went like this:

 “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.”

By no means am I assuming Kobe is the only player that uses this type of language or even worse language.  I don't condone any of it, but having played at any level, high school, college, pro, local YMCA leagues, random pickup games, I'm sure everyone has heard it all if not ushered a few choice words themselves. But there are a few words and phrases that should NEVER be said and self-restraint can easily be practiced in these situations.  This situation is one of them.

As a season ticket holder I've heard a lot worse things said from fans at referees and other players.  Not just in Boston, but in New York, Miami, LA and Denver.  It's not a city, team or player thing.  It's everywhere, but that doesn't mean it's ok.  Things like that can easily be curbed with a little self-restraint.

For someone who likes to call himself the "Black Mamba" and who is routinely arrogant towards the media, he issued a PR response that didn't necessarily include an apology.  It's also laughable that the only thing the Lakers officially had to say was the following:

"The Lakers can not confirm that is what Kobe said or not," the team said in a statement obtained by TMZ.com.

If that's all they came up with then that is absurd on many levels.  You don't need to hire a lip-reader or a private investigator to figure out what he said.  Kobe's statement was about what you could expect, but an apology would have been nice as well.  He also seems to think it's ok in the heat of battle to reel off things like that which again, can easily be avoided.  Avoiding an apology, and avoiding what obviously happened here is what Kobe and his organization have decided that's the best thing to do… sort of.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/chanelfigueredo NineSevenEight

    KG’s alleged comments were the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this story earlier today. Guy was lambasted over something that may or may not have come out the way Villenueva described.
    I wonder how much longer we’ll have to wait for TNT’s apology for having the camera on Kobe during his rant. Certainly not his fault.
    First few comments that popped up on ESPN comments:
    “Maybe the NBA should stop zooming in on people who are obviously pissed off?”
    “I love it…..Kobe don’t give a ####!”
    “I think it is good for the sport, especially the Lakers, when Kobe makes a comment like this. They need to get rid of their soft image. What better way then to hurl an insult against ####.”
    “Well maybe the Ref is….”
    Nice. Guy can do no wrong.
    Is the guy alone in his comments? Absolutely not. Is this worthy of a suspension? Not in my eyes. I’d just like to an equal playing field when it comes to stories like this instead of everyone bashing one and apologizing for the other.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/chanelfigueredo NineSevenEight

    Just for clarification: When I said, “is the guy alone in his comments?” I was acknowledging that he isn’t the first or last to use those words on the basketball court.
    I don’t condone it, but it happens.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/fishersmuscles Fisher’s Muscles

    That word is probably said in every NBA game at one point. It’s said multiple times a day by a lot of high school students, a lot of times directed towards someone else, but the news never reports that. But it’s still not a good thing to ever say, especially when you are in a stadium of people and cameras. If he would’ve said the word in the seconds when George Hill was shooting the free throws, then no one would’ve even known he said that. Really unlucky situation for Kobe, even though he should’ve used another word.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5cd064970c Count Istvan 17-11 9-3.

    I am not for suspending him either. I am for throwing him out of the game the way every other player would get thrown out except for maybe LeBrick.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/vandelay28 Lakerhater

    Kobe should march at the head of the los angeles gay rights parade this year just to show he doesn’t have a problem with gays. No suspension, just a mandatory celebration of gayness. Wear your new kicks kobe, it will complete the look.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jgruber2089 Jake

    Redsarmy I think you’re being pretty ridiculous claiming that he should have restrained himself from saying that. You know you’re just doing this because it was Kobe. I’m a Celtics fan myself, but just because you don’t like the lakers and kobe in particular doesn’t mean you have to hold him to different standards. Do you know how many times KG probably says that per game? Pierce? Rondo even? You’re holding a huge double standard by making a big issue over this. Yes it would obviously be better if no one said it, but people do. It IS heat of the moment, and sometimes you just can’t control yourself if you’ve grown up being able to speak freely like that. I like what someone said above, he was incredibly unlucky that the camera was on him. I know you hate the guy, but come on, be realistic and be fair, give him a break. Let’s just hope the Celtics beat him and make him look bad that way, we don’t need to make him look bad ourselves.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6f0b73970c Celticsfanatic

    “By no means am I assuming Kobe is the only player that uses this type of language or even worse language. I don’t condone any of it, but having played at any level, high school, college, pro, local YMCA leagues, random pickup games, I’m sure everyone has heard it all if not ushered a few choice words themselves. But there are a few words and phrases that should NEVER be said and self-restraint can easily be practiced in these situations. This situation is one of them.
    As a season ticket holder I’ve heard a lot worse things said from fans at referees and other players. Not just in Boston, but in New York, Miami, LA and Denver. It’s not a city, team or player thing. It’s everywhere, but that doesn’t mean it’s ok.”
    Don’t be a hypocrite when you don’t even realize the author’s own acknowledging of the points you just mentioned.