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Kobe Bryant and His Misdirected Apology

April 16, 2011
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By now most of the western world is familiar with Kobe Bryant‘s remark calling the referee a ‘faggot‘ after receiving some sort of foul during a match, game or whatever it’s called.  Shortly after he was reprimanded with a 100k fine, and later in the week phoned the HRC President Joe Solmonese and apologized.

“I applaud Kobe Bryant for his swift apology,” said Solmonese. “We had a very sincere conversation in which he expressed his heartfelt regret for the hurt that his words caused. He told me that it’s never ok to degrade or tease, and that he understands how his words could unfortunately give the wrong impression that this is appropriate conduct.

via Kobe Bryant Apologizes for Gay Slur « Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story.

What I don’t understand, is why the apology was issued to an LGBT organization and not the LGBT fans who watched the event.  It seems to me that if in the heat of playing his sport he used bigoted language unintentionally (which is basically what he’s saying) why not start the next game with microphone in hand and apologize directly to the LGBT community?  He clearly had no issue calling the referee a ‘faggot’ on national television, so why should he not use the same venue to apologize?  The way he handled this issue makes me believe it’s a half-hearted politically correct move to squelch the media coverage.  Bottom line, either he is a bigot or ignorant.  In either case, the apology needs to go to the LGBT community, not to the HRC.

I think it’s time for Kobe to do a NOH8 video…

via YouTube – Kobe Bryant Gets Technical Foul, Is NOT happy 4/12/2011.