Kobe Responds to Fine, and Doesn’t Really Apologize

"But I didn't mean it like THAT!"

Why is it that public figures don’t simply say “I’m sorry” when they do something detestable?

Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for calling a referee a “f*cking f*ggot” in a game this week, and has decided to appeal the fine which he calls “protypical protocol.”

However, in a radio interview with ESPN, Kobe does not just come out and simple say “sorry.” He beats around the bush, and says things that sound good, like:

  • “The concern that I have is for those that follow what I say…or look to me as a role  model…for them not to take what was said as a message of hate or a license to degrade, or embarrass, or tease. That’s something I don’t want to see happen.”
  • “It’s ok to be who you are…I don’t want this issue to magnify something that shouldn’t be.”
  • “It’s our responsibility as athletes…is to bring awareness to certain issues … Hopefully we can do some things to prohibit violence, to prohibit hate crimes…”
  • “You gotta own up and take responsibility for what it is…you have to be responsible for your own actions.”
  • “The comment that I made, even though it was not meant as what it was perceived to be, is nonetheless wrong.”

Kobe – why can’t you just apologize? Regardless of if you were “in the moment”, and “in the emotions of the game,” and “having those outbursts,” this is NOT “completely normal.”

You cannot just throw around the word f*aggot, and then say that you were in the heat of the moment and that you didn’t mean it like that! What other way is there to mean it? There is no excuse to use that word – none whatsover – and you should have immediately apologized. Saying that you “gotta own up” is not the same as actually owning up.

Apologize directly, and show your fans and followers that you are taking responsibility for your actions and not just talking words that sound nice.

You can hear the full segment from TMZ, originally aired on ESPN Radio.

Do you think Kobe’s ‘apology’ was enough?

Video of the incident:

  • Mark

    The simplest thing for Kobe Bryant to have said was, “I made this statement in the heat of emotion, and it was absolutely the wrong thing for me to have said, and I deeply and sincerely apologize.”

    That was all that was needed; but apparently Kobe Bryant wasn’t “man enough” to do it.

  • Richard

    For all the words you’re saying, it’s just too little too late, Kobe.

  • Anonymous

    Well, he would take great offense to the N word, but the F word is fine, I don’t think so, besides, that is like the pot call the kettle black,you know Kobe has been there done that, he isn’t a virgin to the gay game, please.

  • OMG i swear this blog is always hypersensitive. the words “im sorry” without a reasoning are pretty much empty. looking at the statements he’s given, I’d say its better than a plain empty apology. I’m still not a fan of mr. Bryant but I feel like what he said was appropriate and accurate.

  • The $100,000 fine is pretty much pocket change for these guys. He probably didn’t even blink when he heard this. My thing is, with so many kids/teens that look up to him, he should be speaking publicly at schools and such to explain to them that using words like he used in order to show his anger at someone, is wrong. No matter gay, straight, black, white, whatever, bullying is simply wrong. Sad fact is that so many people envision these athletes as their heroes and want to do as they do. He needs to set it right by speaking to kids about this.

  • Also, that photo made me throw up a little in my mouth. Just sayin.

  • Pay the fine AND give $ 100,000 to a queer youth charity.

    Otherwise, you’re a liar.

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