LOS ANGELES – Gay rights group Human Rights Campaign blasted Lakers star Kobe Bryant after he was seen on camera mouthing “f***in f***ot” at NBA referee Bennie Adams after a call he disagreed with.
Human Rights Campaign told TMZ:
“Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of such language not only offends millions of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate.”
TNT announcer Steve Kerr picked up on Bryant’s outburst and said: “You might wanna take the cameras off of him right now, for the children watching from home.
A Lakers representative briefly commented on the matter.
“We haven’t seen the video, so it would be inappropriate for us to comment on it,” a Lakers spokesperson told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday.
You can catch Kobe’s foul-mouth at the 0:30 mark.