inexcusable,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said.
fined Kobe $100,000. Kobe and everyone associated with the NBA know that insensitive or derogatory comments are not acceptable and have no place in our game or society.” Bryant receiving his 15th technical foul of the season during Tuesday’s game with San Antonio and yelled at referee Bennie Adams before apparently uttering the anti-gay slur. Bryant said later in a statement that “what I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.”