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Rocker Ted Nugent Rips NBA for Fining Kobe Bryant's Anti-Gay Slur

Rocker Ted Nugent has written an opinion piece published in the Washington Times, slamming the NBA for its fine on Kobe Bryant's recent anti-gay slur as part of a larger tirade against gay rights.

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"To be exact, Mr. Bryant committed this egregious verbal foul because he used a word demeaning to homosexuals, the most protected class of people in America."

"Think of it: $100,000 for calling someone a name. A simple apology from Mr. Bryant to the referee obviously wasn’t good enough for the NBA. I doubt Mr. Bryant would have been fined 10 cents had he referred to the referee as a useless Christ on a crucifix soaking in a vat of urine. No, the real reason Mr. Bryant was fined was because he used an anti-gay term to describe the referee. One has to wonder how much the NBA would have fined Mr. Bryant if, before the game, he had told the referee he “looked quite gay” that night."

"If the NBA had any true gay convictions, the NBA should host a Homosexual Night. During halftime, the homosexuals could come down on the court, hold hands and prance around the court to music by the Village People. The NBA could then give each homosexual a pink basketball as a symbol of solidarity."

Nugent suggests Bryant should threaten to quit the NBA:

"Wouldn’t it be refreshing if Mr. Bryant threatened to resign from the NBA over this? The amount of money the NBA would lose without Kobe Bryant helping to pack the stands would be staggering compared with the politically correct $100,000 fine levied on him. Mr. Bryant threatening to quit wouldn’t make the NBA very gay. I got 20 bucks that says the NBA would toss homosexuals under the bus and fold like a cheap suit to keep Mr. Bryant in the NBA."

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  1. Are you kidding. The most protected class in America are upper class white heterosexual couPles. Homosexuals are close to the bottom.

    Posted by: Turlie | Apr 20, 2011 10:18:59 AM

  2. "I doubt Mr. Bryant would have been fined 10 cents had he referred to the referee as a useless Christ on a crucifix soaking in a vat of urine."

    How is it that when our community is attacked and demeaned, that Christians somehow always manage to turn it around as if they've been attacked and we're the aggressors?

    Christians certainly seem to have a psychology that requires victimization and persecution in order to function. . .even when they are the ones who are hostile.

    Posted by: Keith | Apr 20, 2011 10:39:02 AM

  3. At least the Village People have their songs sung at EVERY straight wedding, Bar-Mitzvah, retirement party.....

    Who is Ted Nugent?

    Posted by: Louis | Apr 20, 2011 10:53:37 AM

  4. Homosexuals are the most protected class of people in America? Could have fooled me.
    There isn't a day that goes by that a lgbt person somewhere isn't harrassed, bashed, or killed by some mindless thug. Some protection. The more I hear about this Ted Nugent guy, the more outlandish and out of touch he proves himself to be. He's a has been who needs to sit down and STFU.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Apr 20, 2011 11:06:35 AM

  5. Looks like another case of one to many bong hits in the 80s

    Posted by: pdxblueyes | Apr 20, 2011 11:15:52 AM

  6. ""Wouldn’t it be refreshing if Mr. Bryant threatened to resign from the NBA over this? The amount of money the NBA would lose without Kobe Bryant helping to pack the stands would be staggering compared with the politically correct $100,000 fine levied on him."

    It cuts both ways, obviously. There's no professional alternative to the NBA; walking away over what amounts to a speeding ticket is manifestly absurd. Breach of contract, loss of salary, loss of endorsement deals... and the NBA has far deeper pockets than Kobe does.

    Posted by: Zach | Apr 20, 2011 11:20:37 AM

  7. Has-been Ted has been an anti-gay jack-ass for years! The picture of him with this post says it all!

    Posted by: John | Apr 20, 2011 11:23:03 AM

  8. You see how white people keep homophobia going???????

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 20, 2011 11:23:43 AM

  9. As a gay black man, I am so tired of reading about all the homophobia coming from white people.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 20, 2011 11:26:05 AM

  10. You'll notice ole Teddie boy doesn't use the word fag in his article. He knows it was wrong but has to voice his antigay ignorance just the same.

    Posted by: Sam | Apr 20, 2011 11:26:37 AM

  11. People like Nugent is introducing more ignorance and homophbia into my community with his propaganda campaign.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 20, 2011 11:28:12 AM

  12. You guys complain about the homophobia coming from black people and look at the disgusing sh!t Nugent wrote about us in a major newspaper. THIS SH!T IS BEYOND HOMOPHOBIA; Nugent's language is borderline threatening. What the f@ck are some of you doing to curtain the homophobia in your own community?

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 20, 2011 11:34:56 AM

  13. Mel Smith,

    Dude, don't even start with the racist BS about WHITE homophobes.
    How did the Blacks vote for Prop 8 in Cali? Yeah, I thought so!

    Homophobia is homophobia, White or Black or any other color for that matter!

    Posted by: Tyrone | Apr 20, 2011 11:41:53 AM

  14. I like the idea about pink basketballs. Add chromophobia to the mix, yes.

    I remember he was a '70's rocker. Don't remember the music. He started garnering publicity after the music left, by being an outspoken politically incorrect mouthpiece. At first it was humorous, then it become predictable, now it's tired. Anyone can now play Ted Nugent. Just say the most conservative statements you can think of and you're there. Not very original. Never was really. He needs to shock and awe to increase his bank account. Stay tuned for the reality show. If you can call that 'reality'.

    Posted by: kodiak | Apr 20, 2011 11:43:45 AM

  15. Ted Nugent is to manhood what a Stepford Wife is to the women's movement. Instead of evolving he has devolved and chosen to fetishize the classic macho shithead male instead. Unfortunately he's among friends here in the U.S. Just go to any gun show or wrestling match.

    Posted by: Mark | Apr 20, 2011 11:52:39 AM

  16. It's obvious by his statements that he is a raving homophobe.

    I'm gay and don't listen to the Village People and I really dislike the colour pink.

    I still do not understand why some poeple are SO ANGRY about us wanting equal rights?
    I just don't get it.

    Posted by: Marc | Apr 20, 2011 11:52:47 AM

  17. @Tyrone

    Erykah Badu was right about your sorry ass.

    And how did the white people in Maine feel about Question 1?...and Maine is only for starters...

    Yeah, I thought so.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 20, 2011 11:57:54 AM

  18. Tyrone, do you tell your community to "don't even start with the racist BS" when the homophobobe is black? I agree homophobia is homophobia. But, be honest; you guys play the race card too, and I'm just curious to know how you respond to people in your community when they start bringing up the race of black homophobes.

    Again, you tell me to don't "even start with the racist BS." Now, do you offer that same response to people in your community who are doing the exact same thing I'm doing?

    I agree with everything you typed. I just want to honestly know your answer on how you would respond or have responded to white people who did the same thing I just did. Thanks.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 20, 2011 12:06:20 PM

  19. Um, what an idiot. Christianists are a minority in this country, it's true: But Christianists VISIBLY have the majority of the political power and as Nugent's publication shows, they get airtime they don't deserve. Christianists even are still granted "rights" under law to trounce on other minorities like they are not equal, e.g. through the BoyScouts. Such "rights" are like slaveholding "rights" and "rights" of husbands to have total control of their wives. They are not valid rights: And those are the sorts of "rights" that the Mormons and their hired gun-pig Gallagher--and now idiotic Nugent are afraid of losing. Unconscionable. I'd hate to be Nugent's gay son.

    Also, Nugent's statements are bold-faced lies: LGBTs have very few protections under the law: They face discrimination at work, are not allowed to form actual legal (or equally-treated) families under the law in most states, etc. Nugent needs to pull his head out of his ass and get honest. Also, an apology wouldn't hurt. Let's be honest, Nugent, non-gay Christians have not faced bashings since the middle ages--and then it was other "Christians" doing the bashings. Now the Christianists like you target your hate towards the gays. Didn't certain Germans insist that the Jews were the cause of all their problems and supposedly way too protected...a repeated loud and false message from at least the 1920s to the 1940s. You are not looking good Nugent.

    (Of course, I don't know who you are and don't want to know, Mr. bigot pseudo-celeb. Dear inconsiderate sir, may Karma kick your career further in the crapper.)

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Apr 20, 2011 12:08:05 PM

  20. Chitown kev - you want to explain what you meant about erykah badont?
    Not everyone watches bet homie.

    Posted by: OJ | Apr 20, 2011 12:11:40 PM

  21. You know what, though: Hell, NBA teams COULD have a gay-fans night, wtf. I mean why not. It'd be a laugh and good publicity. Of course, it would look nothing like raging homophobe Nugent says.

    He's a really insecure man. He must hate himself, poor guy. But then so do most villains. I guess this is how you want to be remembered, Nugent; well, you got someone's attention. Happy?

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Apr 20, 2011 12:12:24 PM

  22. Maine is a horrible example Kev. Not exactly the state you'd go to for diversity.

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 20, 2011 12:15:55 PM

  23. Nugent, Kid Rock, and Alice Cooper embarrassed any fans that they had by becoming right-wingers as they (badly) aged. It's pathetic that they attack minorities (and they are all white males, too!).

    At least, rock n roll doesn't have the number of haters that you hear in Country music, but it's still sad that these bigots achieved any level of fame (appropriate or otherwise).

    Posted by: TonyJ | Apr 20, 2011 12:37:31 PM

  24. Myself and other gay black people have the best of both worlds.

    We are often awe struck by black homophobes, white gays, and white heterosexuals. I want someone to tell me why is it ok for white people to play the "race card," but as soon as black people bring up race, we are starting the "race bs," playing the "race card," always talking about race, you guys always talking about race, etc????

    You guys play the race card on this site almost everyday, and myself and other black gays see the hypocrisy coming from black heter0sexuals and white people in general.

    Most importantly, you, white heterosexuals and black heterosexuals are all bullsh!t artists in my eyes. You guys are hypocrites and full of sh!t.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 20, 2011 12:39:57 PM

  25. Good Lord Mel!

    Maybe you could pause your pity party long enough to knock that huge chip off your shoulder. Stop the nonsense, your infighting is useless and completely counterproductive. Focus on something positive! Your negative attitude is unattractive and bad for your health.

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 20, 2011 12:50:09 PM

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