According to Mark Medina, from the LA Times. The NBA has said they will review footage, of Kobe yelling at referee Bennie Adams in last night’s nationally televised game against the Spurs.
You can see the incident at 0:33 from the clip below:
Kobe Bryant, and the Lakers have officially released this statement:
“What I said last night should not be taken literally, my actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. ” He added, “The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, released a statement on the issue:
“What a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching,” the HRC said in a statement. ” Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of such language not only offends millions of LGBT people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate. Bryant and the Lakers have a responsibility to speak up on this issue immediately. America is watching.”
During the telecast on TNT, you can hear Steve Kerr saying, “You might want to take the camera off him, for the children watching at home.”