"We applaud Commissioner Stern and the NBA for not only fining Bryant but for recognizing that slurs and derogatory comments have no place on the basketball court or in society at large," said Joe Solmonese, president of Human Rights Campaign — a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. "We hope such swift and decisive action will send a strong and universal message that this kind of hateful outburst is simply inexcusable no matter what the context."
Bryant called Solmonese Wednesday before the Lakers’ game at Sacramento to apologize and express regret.
"I applaud Kobe Bryant for his swift apology," Solmonese said in statement. "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. At the end of a difficult day, I applaud Kobe for coming forward and taking responsibility for his actions."By
More from Kobe’s apology. I wasn’t happy with his previous apology that he released this afternoon, which wasn’t even an apology. This, however, is a lot better in my opinion. If you click and listen to the radio clip, he goes further to say he plans on doing more to speak out against any sort of discrimination and hate crimes, and that he needs to own up and take responsibility. I hope he does go through with that.
this is better.
Phil Jackson officially putting an end to the Michael Jordan/Kobe Bryant debate.