HRC Calls Out Kobe Bryant for Apparent Use of Homophobic Slur
April 13, 2011
Last night during a game against the San Antonio Spurs, Kobe Bryant apparently called a referee a "f***ing f***ot" after receiving a technical foul. TNT cameras caught Kobe in the act and announcers even had to ask for cameras to stop filming him because children could be watching. HRC released the following statement today about the incident and are calling for Kobe and the Lakers organization to speak out: 3
"What a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching. 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. Bryant and the Lakers have a responsibility to speak up on this issue immediately. America is watching.”
TMZ has the footage on their website.