NBA reviewing Bryant's apparent slur toward ref - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

NBA reviewing Bryant's apparent slur toward ref

Posted: Updated:

NEW YORK (AP) — An NBA spokesman says the league is investigating Kobe Bryant's apparent use of a derogatory gay term about a referee in the Lakers' game on Tuesday.

Video replays appear to show Bryant using the slur when he couldn't get Bennie Adams' attention as he came to the bench after getting hit with a technical foul during the Lakers' 102-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Bryant punched his chair before taking a seat on the bench and threw a towel on the court near his feet in frustration after picking up his fourth foul in the third quarter. He got his 15th technical of the season for arguing the call. If he gets another technical foul in the season finale at Sacramento on Wednesday, an NBA-mandated, one-game suspension would be for the first game of next season.

"What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period," Bryant said in a statement issued through the Lakers on Wednesday. "The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone."

Gay-rights groups issued statements denouncing Bryant's actions.

"What a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching," the Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay-rights group, said.

Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said in a separate statement that slurs have no place on or off the court.

"Professional sports players need to set a better example for young people who use words like this on the playground and in our schools, creating a climate of intolerance and hostility," Barrios said. "The LA Lakers have a responsibility to educate their fans about why this word is unacceptable."

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Spring training games underway in Florida, Arizona

    Spring training games underway in Florida, Arizona

    Friday, February 22 2019 1:33 PM EST2019-02-22 18:33:29 GMT
    Friday, February 22 2019 11:13 PM EST2019-02-23 04:13:49 GMT
    Spring training is underway in Florida as baseball returns to the field with four exhibition games. 
    Spring training is underway in Florida as baseball returns to the field with four exhibition games. 
  • NASCAR's new rule package shrouded in unknowns before debut

    NASCAR's new rule package shrouded in unknowns before debut

    Friday, February 22 2019 6:23 PM EST2019-02-22 23:23:28 GMT
    Friday, February 22 2019 11:13 PM EST2019-02-23 04:13:46 GMT
    NASCAR will introduce a new rule package at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the drivers aren't sure what to expect. 
    NASCAR will introduce a new rule package at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the drivers aren't sure what to expect. 
  • Boeheim to coach Syracuse vs. Duke after fatal car crash

    Boeheim to coach Syracuse vs. Duke after fatal car crash

    Friday, February 22 2019 2:03 PM EST2019-02-22 19:03:19 GMT
    Friday, February 22 2019 11:13 PM EST2019-02-23 04:13:44 GMT
    (AP Foto/Carlos Osorio, Archivo). ARCHIVO - En esta fotografía de archivo del 15 de marzo de 2018, el entrenador del equipo masculino colegial de Syracuse, Jim Boeheim, observa una práctica de sus jugadores antes del partido de su conjunto en la primer...(AP Foto/Carlos Osorio, Archivo). ARCHIVO - En esta fotografía de archivo del 15 de marzo de 2018, el entrenador del equipo masculino colegial de Syracuse, Jim Boeheim, observa una práctica de sus jugadores antes del partido de su conjunto en la primer...
    (AP Foto/Carlos Osorio, Archivo). ARCHIVO - En esta fotografía de archivo del 15 de marzo de 2018, el entrenador del equipo masculino colegial de Syracuse, Jim Boeheim, observa una práctica de sus jugadores antes del partido de su conjunto en la primer...(AP Foto/Carlos Osorio, Archivo). ARCHIVO - En esta fotografía de archivo del 15 de marzo de 2018, el entrenador del equipo masculino colegial de Syracuse, Jim Boeheim, observa una práctica de sus jugadores antes del partido de su conjunto en la primer...
    Jim Boeheim to coach Syracuse against top-ranked Duke on Saturday night. 
    Jim Boeheim to coach Syracuse against top-ranked Duke on Saturday night. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.