Lakers Coach Phil Jackson Apologizes for Brokeback Remarks

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson said that a reprimand he received from the NBA regarding some post-game comments on Tuesday night was deserved.

JacksonThe AP reports: “The Spurs made 13 3-pointers in their 107-92 victory on Tuesday night, and Jackson was asked if too much penetration was leading to open outside shooters.”

Said Jackson: “We call this a ‘Brokeback Mountain’ game, because there’s so much penetration and kickouts. It was one of those games.”

The NBA fired off a quick response to Jackson’s remarks. Said NBA spokesman Brian McIntyre: “The remarks are in poor taste, and the Lakers have assured us such remarks will not occur in the future.”

GLAAD also issued an alert. Said President Neil Giuliano: “Phil Jackson’s been coaching long enough that he should be able to talk about the Lakers’ performance without resorting to cheap gay jokes.”

Jackson thanked certain journalists, including some gay reporters, for understanding it was an innocent joke. But he did issue an apology and admitted he understood why some found it offensive.

Said the coach: “In retrospect, it wasn’t really funny. When you take it out of context, it wasn’t funny. It was a poor attempt at humor and I deserved to be reprimanded by the NBA. If I’ve offended any horses, Texans, cowboys or gays, I apologize.”

Of the controversy, he said, “It’s societal right now. Some people can do it. Some people can’t. That’s something that’s appropriate for certain categories.”


  1. Michael W. says

    “…When you take it out of context, it wasn’t funny.” It’s not funny in context, dumbass! You really have to stretch to make it work as a metaphor…

  2. Larry says

    “If I’ve offended any horses, Texans, cowboys or gays, I apologize.”

    It doesn’t seem like he’s sorry at all, really. But you know, when all else fails, a stupid gay joke always fills the silence…

  3. Jonathon says

    I don’t get it…. It is pretty stupid.

    He could just as easily used a “wedding night” joke to the same end.

    Why do “straight” guys obsess so much over gay sex?

  4. TomJ says

    The “If I’ve offended…” apology is getting more than a little tired. The speaker should assume he has offended someone and just apologize. Period.

  5. Derrick says

    Ok it was a bad joke, but really is there a reason to get all upset? I mean when the movie came out, every late night comedian was making Brokeback jokes. Should he of said it, no. But come on there has been worse that has been said.

  6. says

    I forgive him.

    He apologized and said he deserved the punishment he was given. So be it.

    The horses are a reference (though a cheap one) for the “kickouts” comment. Though to be honest, “Brokeback” did feature kickouts AND penetration…

  7. Lito S, says

    And yet if the same thing was said by a comedian on LOGO…. We need to quit having double standards. Like Dan said “”Brokeback” did feature kickouts AND penetration…”

  8. Zeke says

    As seems typical in these cases, it’s hard to tell whether the NBA and the coach think the statement was “offensive” because it was offensive to gay people or because it was offensive to the straight players who were being compared to gays. From what I’m reading it is the latter, which would mean they just don’t get it and AS USUAL they just don’t see what the problem is.

    It’s just like the teacher who reprimands a student for calling another student “fag” or “queer” NOT because of the slur but because the teacher finds it offensive that a student would “accuse” another student of being gay or because they think the insinuation that someone is gay is the ultimate insult.

    It seems that all too often the only time these offensive statements/slurs ARE challenged it’s for the wrong reasons. People STILL just don’t get it when it comes to homophobia and why homophobic slurs are NOT OK even when, or especially when, they are directed toward non-gay people.

    I think we have to do a better job of EDUCATING people as to what the problem is and why and how it needs to be resolved. Instead we rant and rave and stamp our feet and demand apologies and fine and send to rehab; all to fix a symptom while leaving the underlying cause untouched. Then, like clockwork, we get the boilerplate “if I offended anyone” tortured non-apology. HRC and GLAAD puff out their chests and feel that they earned their keep for another day while the rest of us feel like insult has been added to injury. Then everybody acts surprised when no one seems to have really learned anything and the problem persists.

    Frankly I didn’t find the coach’s comment to be offensive. I thought it was a funny retort to a question that was unintentionally loaded with gay sexual double entendre; you can’t talk sports without sounding like your giving the play by play of a gay porno.

    What I did find offensive was the response to his joke because it seems clear that the problem, as the NBA saw it, was talking “gay” in association with the NBA and the fact that, as is often the case, the GLAAD missed the bigger point while completely ignoring real offenses that actually matter.

  9. Gregg says

    He should not have apologized…..I’m very gay, a big fan of penetration and I think his comments are funny….we are so damn politically correct these days ….just lighten up people.

  10. Sebastian says

    If you had the displeasure of meeting this man, you would not be surprised at how and what he said. He thinks he is above the rest of society as he coaches some silly sports team. He’s incredibly arrogant, and cocky, but, offensive, I’ll leave that to those who pick and chose who says something offensive and who gets a free pass.

  11. ShawnSF says

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he’s been attending Lazy Bear for the last 10 years,is a bareback bottom and fucks his players. Just another jock closet case projecting his homohatred.

  12. Marco says

    I may be a little biased as I am a Chicagoan and Phil delivered a lot of thrills coaching the Bulls, but I don’t think his comments weren’t hateful or offensive in any way. I am not even sure what a “kickout”is?

    Phil apologized anyway, and did so like a man. He didn’t cry and go into therapy. I have a lot of respect for Phil.

  13. says

    This is laughable. I couldn’t have been LESS offended! It was funny because the game WAS all about penetration and kickout– and I love that a gay movie is so mainstream that it got used to describe a basketball game.

    The offended people seriously need to grow the fuck up.

  14. says

    Ironically, there is less anger in the comments on the post about Scott Caan calling someone a “faggot.” People commenting there just keep saying “I’d still do him.” What a double standard

  15. chris says

    I’d still do Scott Caan and I wasn’t offended by this at all. I thought it was funny. Maybe I just have a thicker skin…

  16. Joshua says

    Grow up people. Being one of the *protected* group’s dosen’t mean you can’t use common sense. And DanB. is right….if this guy was a hot fuck the same people blasting him would be drooling on their screens.

    As to Neil Giuliano, he’s a damn joke. When he was Mayor of Tempe, he said a lot worse about his own sexual group and couldn’t keep his Mayor hands to himself when around 18 y/o college students…..believe me, I KNOW!!!!!!

  17. hahiloled says

    wow well I guess we’ve all made it then. we must have all the civil rights and public respect we set out to get at the start of the movement 40 years ago, because there’s NO FUCKING WAY this hilarious non-event comment would ever get a second mention by anyone if we had anything else at all important to worry about.

  18. Arc says

    Sheesh… It was a joke. It was a bad joke… but it was a joke. He wasn’t inciting hatred against gays, he wasn’t being homophobic (as far as I can see). Why are you all getting your panties in a twist?

    Sean xx

  19. dt says

    Offensive or inoffensive, it wasn’t funny in context or out of context. If we are talking about gays losing their sense of humor: if you thought that joke was funny, you’ve already lost it. It’s a joke that’s only funny to other straights. Surely, the intelligent gay man has highers standards for humor.