Kobe Bryant really stuck his shoe in it the other night. After receiving a technical foul, he tossed his towel to the floor and called the referee a "fucking fag." Well, it was caught on camera (at the :33 mark) and people got PISSED.
He since released a statement that, while not quite an apology, explained he didn't mean it as a slight to LGBT people and he hopes no-one was offended.
Here's a clue, Kobe: Fag is an offensive word. People WILL get offended, and you just shouldn't use it.
Ben Cohen, international rugby star, agrees.
"It is disappointing to see this. As a professional athlete and rugby World Cup champion, I understand the heat and passion of competition at the highest levels. But we must all remember that strong bodies must be balanced with strong characters, and work toward that end. Our positions as role models demand it."
Plus he's cute. See? See what I mean? If you love the gays you get cuter. I think this is a great quote-- more athletes could better benefit by working on having a stronger character. Don't make me sic Matthew Mitcham on your ass, Kobe!