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. Mary J

    **snickers** After a hellacious day, this made me smile a little.

    I hate Kobe Bryant.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Cottingham

    wait, this is not fair. we are talking about a stereotypical basketball player. its all he knows, all he is capable of and its not fair to fine him. and, he might need that money for his next trip to zayles.........

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

    Kobe, OJ, and Tiger share a similar ignorant, vulgar, disrespectful state of mind.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. buster

    Roland Martin is now racing Soledad O'Brien to be the first to get a story out about how this is related to his skin color.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ed

    A slap? I don't think I could ever be rich enough to not feel the sting of parting with $100,000 for being a fool.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack Mehoff

    Kobe is NO role model anyways. Does this surprise anyone!?!?!? He is NO MJ, nor will he EVER be! Actions speak louder than words Gaylord Focker!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. LiberalNN

    That's like using the n-word.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. daddycougar

    Doesn't surprise me, he's just that classless and he keeps on showing it. Maybe he could team up with Charlie Sheen?

    April 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. buster

    This is a harsher punishment than what he got for raping a young girl.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jk

    Watch it for yourself!

    April 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobgan

    Only "those who he offended" would cry about this. Who cares?

    April 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. guy

    what's the big deal? kobe felt like the ref was screwing him.... isn't that what gay people do? kobe could have also meant that he thought that the ref sucked balls... again, kinda goes with the word.... you know?

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

      Good thing the ref kept his cool. Imagine if he would have replied back something along the lines of Effin Ni**er. I bet he wouldn't have been fined. He would have lost his job.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I agree. All the ref had to do was call him a N*gger and it would been even. Right?

      April 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jordan

    I am pretty sure that that sort of thing and comments much worse than that are said on a regular basis on most NBA courts and pretty much any other venue that doesnt care about political correctness. Its pretty sad when you can shove someone to the ground and get nothing and you say some words and get a fine. Fa&&ot does refer to gay people in every context whether they think so or not. People shouldnt be so naive and think that everyone is politically correct all the time. Watch a sporting event and read lips. I am sure you will see some colorful language that you will not think is PC and you wont hear anything about it because a special interest group doesnt get "offended".

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

      So you don't see why anyone should be offended on that NBA court if someone went up there and used the n-word instead. You can't start justifying the use of one word without holding the same excuse up to the other.

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

      Different situation, there is no context where that word is said in typical conversation by non-blacks that people do not freak out. Say what Kobe said at McDonalds and no one will say anything. Try saying the N-word at McDonalds and let me know what happens.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael Brown

    In no other profession are people fined such ridiculous amounts of money for statements or twittering or anything of that sort. This money probably goes to some owner or the commissioner so he can buy a new car or something...

    April 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rudy

    Who cares what Kobe said...I hear worse on a daily basis from everyday people and no one cares. Stop putting these entertainers/athletes on pedestals people. They are not role models. Teach your own kids right from wrong.

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