faggot.

AOL SPORTING NEWS FEED:

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been slapped with a $100,000 fine for using a gay slur, directed toward referee Bennie Adams, after being issued a technical foul during Tuesday night’s win over the Spurs, according to several reports on Twitter.

“Insensitive or derogatory comments … have no place in our game,” NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement.

Care to repeat that Mr. NBA Commissioner? You mean to tell me that the word FAGGOT has never been used in the locker rooms or during practice games? Bryant got caught. The NBA got caught. The sports community got caught. And most importantly, the American viewing public got caught.

I was taken aback by the casual attitude of many “responders” on the AOL web news post who stated that it “really shouldn’t be a big deal. Kobe was just angry and said a word that while derogatory, wasn’t actually directed at or even HEARD by the referee.” Wow. Here I thought we, as Americans, were actually moving forward.

First of all a $100,000 fine for Mr. Bryant is what he pays for lawn service. Secondly, the word faggot IS highly offensive to many people gay AND straight. Finally (and unfortunately unavoidable), if a white player had used the N-word, the offender would have been suspended if not fired.

Perhaps, Mr. Bryant’s weak “public relations” apology is enough — perhaps not.

We need to learn from this.

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3 responses to “faggot.

  1. Lisa

    Sometimes it feels like our world will never change. Sigh.

  2. Allison

    I wish that word would disappear from this world’s vocabulary, along with its abbreviated form which is used a lot more frequently. A lot of straight, young boys think it’s ok – and even funny – to call their friends that name. And with role models like this, I wonder why. It makes me sick. 😦

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