NBA fines Kobe Bryant $100,000 for 'offensive' comments
April 13th, 2011
06:25 PM ET

NBA fines Kobe Bryant $100,000 for 'offensive' comments

The National Basketball Association fined Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers $100,000 on Wednesday for "offensive and inexcusable" comments he made during Tuesday night's game, the league said in a statement.

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  1. Julie Labrouste, Tacoma WA

    ...and the comment was? O.o (wow our news media suxass)

    April 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin

      It was a gay slur used towards a ref during the game

      April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • henry

      ONLY 100,000 dollars?? to him thats like the change he gets back from mcdonalds...

      April 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie Labrouste, Tacoma WA

      Thanks Benjamin. Did you see how easy that was CNN? O.O

      April 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • sp

      Come on people we all say all kinds of words every now and then in the heat of the moment that we don't direct towards any one or anything this does not mean we are anti anything. I also believe gays and lesbians have used those word against and toward them self's just like the "N" word being used by colored people. Now was it wrong yes have we all done it yes does it mean I am anti anything no. But I do believe if you are a role model you need to be careful on what you say.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Guber

    thats nothing just anther famous person slapped on the hand.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      what normal person gets fined for gay slur? I hear them every day by business men and twelve year olds this isnt even news

      April 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Air Force guy

      @Randy Because, genius, it's in the contract he has with the NBA. If it were not, then they would not be able to fine him. It has nothing to do with being a famous BB star.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexandre de Croÿ

      @Randy: It's called a professional code of conduct. Using such language on his own time in the privacy of his home or car is one thing; doing so publicly while executing his job and representing his employer is something entirely different.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Marine

      Sure, it's a professional code of conduct. They're right to fine him. But a $100,000 fine is not a slap on the wrist. What would make you complete and total morons happy? Should he be banned for life from any professional sport? Come on. Try to think for a second. It was a heatd game, he said something he shouldn't, he'll pay ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS for that.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      What do you want done Guber? jail time?

      April 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yossarian

      Former Marine, your username makes me believe that you did not actually serve in the USMC. Let's see who can figure it out.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • semper fi

      Because there is no such thing as a "former Marine" – maybe he is into agriculture and cant spell? A Farmer Marine?

      April 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patick

      Former Marine? Yeah he was never in the service... you are a Marine for the REST of your life even if you do just your four years... what a moron. HOORAH

      April 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patick

      Former Marine? Yeah he was never in the service... you are a Marine for the REST of your life even if you do just your four years. HOORAH

      April 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • child please

      because, once a marine always a marine. one would never say "former" marine

      April 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bradley

      No such thing as a former Marine. I've never even served and I know that much.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MathJunky

      @Frank & @Former Marine

      According to http://hoopshype.com/salaries.htm, Kobe makes $24,806,250 (excluding endorsements). A $100,000 fine is 0.00413% of his salary. In everyday terms, if you make $100,000 a year, the fine would be $403.12.

      If you're going to fine someone, make it hurt, financially.

      This is why I agree that this was a very small slap on the wrist.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      it is amazing that we would root for any fine. I believe that an apology would go a lot farther. that's why kids today act the way they do. He should publicly be accountable for his behavior and be a true role model. A fine is an easy way out and gives the impression that you can do what you want with no true consequence. 100K on the other hand is too much money. it's more than I make in year and I dont look at it as chump change no matter who has to pay

      April 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. D

    Well, what did he say?

    April 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      He said:

      "Beanie! (the name of the ref) fu%@ing fa*&ot.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bbebetter

    "The National Basketball Association fined Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers $100,000 on Wednesday for "offensive and inexcusable" comments he made during Tuesday night's game, the league said in a statement."

    Somehow, I was hoping for a little more info than that when I clicked on this article.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul http://www.youtube.com/ny007ny

    lol. You might want to tell us what he said or else the story really isn't much of a story now is it.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Really?

    How is anyone supposed to have an opinion on such a worthless tidbit of information.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Benjamin

    Well what the hell did he say?

    April 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. spy

    Amazing!!!!!!!!a slap on the wrist

    April 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Former Marine

      a slap on the wrist? What's the typical fine in your neck of the woods for an "offensive" comment? Oh, right, 1st ammendment.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CharlieSeattle

    You can take Kobe out of the Getto but you can't take the Getto out of Kobe.

    Dumb is what dumb does.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • rmd

      ....and Kobe didn't grow up 'in the getto'. Its spelled GHETTO, and he didn't grow up there either!!! smh

      April 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      I've heard of the "ghetto", but not the getto, is that something new?

      April 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sgood96

      You know I never reply to any of these boards... but you do realize that Kobe grew up in one of the richest parts of the entire country on the Main Line in Philly right? At least be intelligent when you make comments

      April 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobby

      "Dumb is what dumb does"

      Speak for yourself.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • rmd

      Talk about dumb!!!!!

      April 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Now who is the dumb person? Even my 5 year old can spell Ghetto correctly!

      April 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lizrd

      Just because he's black doesn't mean he grew u broke. He grew up in one of the wealthiest suburbs of Philly. His dad was a professional basketball player, you clown.

      Wonder what made you think he's from the ghetto. Check your prejudices... and your spelling.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • CharlieSeattle

      Google this thread and watch the close up video:

      Did Kobe Bryant Exclaim ‘F–king F–g’ Last Night?

      April 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • CharlieSeattle

      ...you can't take the Ghetto out of Kobe.

      It's about his ignorant, vulgar, disrespectful state of mind, not where he grew up.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobby

      Charlie, quite while you are ahead. You already proven yourself dumb and a racist.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lizrd

      Don't play stupid. "Ghetto" has very specific racial connotations that near everyone is aware of. If you think what he did was bigoted or ignorant, say that. Don't rely on lazy racial stereotypes.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Kobe didn't grow up in the ghetto.....

      April 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kahuna

      You got that right!

      April 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheila

      That was a racial comment and inappropriate. You need to think before you post-and by the way check your spelling.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wayne

      "dumb is as dumb does"....I'd like to be as dumb as he is to make $17Mil a year. You must be too smart to make that much money.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • hillcrester

      Kobe was speaking to the ref in Italian (a second language he learned to speak fluently while living in Italy, not in the ghetto) offering to buy him a bean soup dinner after the game–and was clearly misunderstood. The fine should be rescinded.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Benjamin

    A gay slur towards a ref

    April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kenny Powers

    Dear CNN,

    Please wake up and smell my rotting corpse from the lethal dose of news you feed my brain everyday.

    I love you,
    Your #1 Fan
    Kenny F*&kin Powers

    April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pittsburgher

    He used a gay slur towards a ref on National television. What a waste of life...

    April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • rmd

      Are you referencing yourself or the ref, when you say 'what a waste of life????

      April 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kobe Sucks!

    YAY!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lypoleon

    3 lines of "news"? Really? Was this worth the bandwidth

    April 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    why the hell did Kobe say that? wait a minute, what did he say again?

    April 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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