NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today that Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant will be fined $100,000 for his “offensive and inexcusable” anti-gay comment during last night’s game.
“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,” said Stern.
After being called on a technical foul during Tuesday night’s game, Bryant was caught on camera shouting “fu**ing fa**ot.”
Earlier today, GLAAD called on the NBA to take action against Bryant.
“The NBA has sent a clear message to sports fans everywhere that anti-gay slurs have no place in the game,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “When such a prolific cultural institution like the NBA speaks out against hateful words, we are reminded that fair-minded Americans are siding with equality for all. This decision will serve as an important precedent that will help ensure a safer, more inclusive environment for fans and players everywhere, and we look forward to continuing our dialogue with the NBA.”
Recently, GLAAD worked with the New York Yankees and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to address issues of homophobia in sports. After working with GLAAD, the New York Yankees adopted a new policy that strictly prohibits anti-gay slurs in Yankee Stadium.