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  1. Donald says

    Had a ref mouthed, on or off camera, “f’in n_____” to Kobe, Commissioner Stern would be making statements about the ref’s firing, not a fine.

  2. redball says

    I’m pretty sure it’ll happen in all professions…eventually! Even rap music (to take an area where the question has come up repeatedly in the past).

  3. Robert says

    The time has come for those of us who are gay and sports fans, and those of our fellow sports fans who are outraged at what Kobe said to show our displeasure.

    I strongly suggest that those members of the Los Angeles gay community express their displeasure in the following way:

    When Kobe is announced at the next game, refrain from booing but turn your backs and withold your applausse. When Kobe makes a basket or a good play, sit on your hands. Obviously if it is only gay people who do this it will not be a big deal, so we will need the help of the heterosexual community. This is LA afterall, and there are many folks in the film industry who ought to be supportive of us. I recommend the “applause boycott and back turning” continue until such time as we hear a genuine apology, coupled with an agreement to take sensitivity training, and to work with troubled gay youth. Imagine what kind of sanctions would have been leveled if he had used a sexist or racist slur instead. This is a very big deal, especially since it happened in close temporal proximity to the Day of Silence. Thank you.

  4. ryan says

    This is a common sense response to the needless offense that was given. If it costs $100,000 to be a bigot it will send a worthwhile message to those thinking of being one.

  5. Jim says

    I strongly support what Robert said above, and I would add that now is the time to get involved. There’s a fantastic new organization called Athlete Ally (www.athletelally.com), which was founded by collegiate wrestling champion Hudson Taylor (now coaching at Columbia Univ.).
    The organization has been featured on Towleroad before.

    If you care about combating homophobia in sports and making all levels of athletics more LGBT inclusive, then sign the Athlete Ally pledge, get involved, or donate.

    Also check out the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AthleteAlly

  6. jay_max says

    Stern is a dishonest SOB who will say anything that the press wants to hear. He’ll drive the league financially into the ground before there’s an openly gay player.

  7. TomJ says

    “Had a ref mouthed, on or off camera, “f’in n_____” to Kobe, Commissioner Stern would be making statements about the ref’s firing, not a fine.

    Posted by: Donald | Apr 16, 2011 10:03″

    Yes – my point, exactly. Thank you Donald.

  8. Randy says

    Ryan said: “If it costs $100,000 to be a bigot it will send a worthwhile message to those thinking of being one.”

    The real message is that millionaires can do whatever they want with impunity.

  9. brian says

    The LA Lakers have a culture of homophobia and sexism. I’ve never understood why they need to have female cheerleaders who look like prostitutes.

    Sexist treatment of women often goes hand in hand with homophobic attitudes towards men.

  10. FunMe says

    The world is a changing for the better. Slowly but surely, we will get there.

    GREAT to hear what this guy has to say.

    Oh, and Kobe just lost so many fans by appealing the fine. Just confirms that he is a HOMOPHOBE that needs to change, too.

  11. Derrick from Philly says

    Yes, Robert, Donald & Jim,

    and who will sanction racist bigoted white homosexuals?

    Why I’m not a racist…some of my best friends are the n-word.

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