Kobe Bryant issued a statement on Wednesday after he was caught on television yelling a homophobic slur at NBA referee Bennie Adams on Tuesday night. The remarks were caught on video during the TNT broadcast of the Lakers' game at Staples Center against the San Antonio Spurs. Here is the full statement from Bryant, per the Lakers:
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.
I have read that statement a few times, and I can't seem to find an apology anywhere. It is unclear whether or not Bryant will face some sort of suspension or fine for his comments, but it's hard to imagine the league suspending him for any playoff games. The incident is under review by the NBA.
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