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Kobe Bryant on Magic Johnson's Gay Son: 'Of Course' Magic Loves Him. 'What I Can't Tolerate is Lack of Tolerance'


Kobe Bryant, who in April 2011 was fined $100,000 for using a gay slur against a player, continues to offer signals that he's thought about it a lot since.

In February he blasted a Twitter user for using "gay" as an insult.

And TMZ reached out to Kobe after its video of Magic Johnson's gay son went viral yesterday, for reaction.

Said Kobe: "Of course Magic is supportive of and loves his son. Why should anyone be surprised?... What I can't tolerate is a lack of tolerance." 


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  1. Please spare us any more stories from the homophobic tmz.

    Posted by: Adam | Apr 3, 2013 8:43:50 AM

  2. You tolerate bugs at a picnic. Gay folk are not something one "tolerates".

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Apr 3, 2013 9:22:09 AM

  3. "You tolerate bugs at a picnic. Gay folk are not something one 'tolerates'."

    Unless the bugs are intolerant.

    Look, no matter what Kobe believes privately--he's trying to say the right thing publically. What more can you ask of public figures?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 3, 2013 9:54:30 AM

  4. Today must be bizarro day, in which Kobe is way more classy and cooler than Phil Jackson.

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 3, 2013 11:11:26 AM

  5. Where did Kobe say he "tolerated" gays???? Let's not get up in arms without reading the story correctly.

    Posted by: Isaak | Apr 3, 2013 12:40:10 PM

  6. Kobe is coming around and he deserves credit to that.

    Posted by: reality | Apr 3, 2013 1:24:25 PM

  7. two prominent male heterosexual athletes embracing a very obviously gay dude.

    this is a great day for everyone who lives in the real world :)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 3, 2013 1:27:02 PM

  8. Kobe is a personal hero of mine, as a gay man. He's been so supportive lately of LGBT and his apology was truly the only one I felt was heartfelt

    Posted by: Munoz | Apr 3, 2013 9:52:30 PM

  9. I think Kobe is a genuine supporter of us and he seems like a nice guy and I applaud him for this statement. Really encourages gay youth to not feel depressed to know such a talented athlete is on their side.

    Posted by: Carl | Apr 3, 2013 9:53:24 PM

  10. Little tip to Kobe's PR flacks: If you're going to post BS heartening "fan comments" on blogs that mention your client, at the very least you should wait and post your alias comments more than 1 minute apart.

    I don't care that Magic's son is gay. I don't care what Kobe thinks about Magic's gay son.

    What I care about is that it has now been 20 years. Do you think the general public has wised-up enough to finally question the likelihood of Johnson getting HIV from strictly vaginal intercourse?

    Posted by: FFS | Apr 4, 2013 12:29:11 AM

  11. LIBERAL ='What I Can't Tolerate is Lack of Tolerance' Kobe is a moron

    Posted by: john | Apr 4, 2013 10:43:56 AM

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