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. Jimmy

    Wow! Y'all are acting like he said it directly to the ref's face! If the camera man would have kept the camera on the game & not watch Kobe go to the bench, this would have never been a big deal! Get over it people!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JohnMac

    You've got to be kidding me. I'm no fan of Kobe, but saying something only lip readers could see and what is probably said 100 million times a day by normal people is a bit excessive.

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

      I totally agreed. That's why David Stern and the NBA is f*&*ing GAY! Or, maybe stern is GAY and took it personally.

      April 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dwayne Straughan

    For all of you folks wanting to know more about the story, just go read it in it's entirety on

    April 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bubblehead

    yo – "former" marine – once a marine ________ _ __________ !

    (see yossarian)

    April 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. driving

    some of the comments that i read on' any subject" is just crazy" no Heart no Love Feeling's what so ever"' very sad

    April 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |


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

    Its ok is blacks use that word. Its only not ok when whites use it.

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

      If one person can use it all people can use it. There are no special classes here.

      April 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      Blacks and whites to use the n..... word. But if you really know the meaning it's a low down dirty and ignorant being, etc. Both races can be both, but as you know during the colonial invasion of ones land, the Europeans use that word religiously to their slaves and people of a darker skin. And they used the n..... word because they thought blacks were ignorant when it was really them that was. Reversed psychology. Blacks use the n.... word religiously now to each other, also it mentally affected them that they think it's normal behavior to call or approach one that way, see what damage has been done in more ways than one. Abolish the n..... word. The word has been used to now as a slang e.g. like friend, enemy, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. I don't care if black or white you are not going to call me a n..... and think that it's okay.

      April 14, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. doccyber

    So Kobe called the ref a cigarette!!! He gets banned for this??

    April 13, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    I bet he gains more from this than if he paid $100K to some advertising company. He's getting a lot more free press than $100K could buy.

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

    This will get Kobe stoked for the playoffs, but probably means he won't get a call again even if he is knocked into a coma. Such is the way of the world.

    April 13, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chris

    What a overpaid dick...sponsors dump him..Please

    April 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chris

    This is political correctness gone mad! I wonder if they would have fined him, if the camera had not caught him mouthing the words. The man made the comment under his breath. I understand being sensitive to others feelings but this has gone too far. Pretty soon they will fine you for what you think!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr G

      Of course not!!

      April 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chaseman

    Whaat!! For saying that. If the announcer had not said anything there wouldn't have been much made about it ...How many times have we read an athleteslips in anger on television and he /she wasn't fined .. I'm not saying this isn't right . But it isn't fair..And Gilbert Areanas brings a loaded gun to work and threatens his co-workers and he is still playing???? What A Joke!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. urkelgonewild

    make him queen of a gay pride parade; we'll see how tolerant he truly is...

    April 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ct

    Who cares!! Rappers call each other ni**ers in songs and they dont get fined, but if a white person calls a black man a ni**er it is called a hate stupid...Kobe was just in a mad state so he should be able to say whatever her wants...if a gay person is really offended by that than its just sad, have a little more confidence in yourself. People always make gay slurs and they dont get fined, by doing this to Kobe it is just going to make people say more things like this!

    April 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
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