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Kobe Bryant’s Anti-Gay Slur Slammed By U.K. Rugby Star Ben Cohen

by David Badash on April 13, 2011

in Celebrities,News,Sports

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English rugby star Ben Cohen — no stranger to professional sports or the intense pressure athletes face — today issued a statement opposing Kobe Bryant’s use of the term “fucking fag,” in a game Tuesday evening. “It is disappointing to see this,” Cohen (photo: holding camera, left) said. “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,” the 32-year old straight ally and gay-friendly icon said. “Our positions as role models demand it.”

Read: “Apology? Kobe Bryant: I Didn’t Mean The Word “Fag” Literally.

Watch: “Kobe Bryant Calls Ref A “Fucking Fag” On Camera (Video)

No American professional athlete has yet to make a statement on the issue.

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{ 7 comments }

Piccolo April 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm

This is a sad day for Kobe, for the Lakers for the NBA. That he came out, in a moment in anger with such a nasty slur, it means deep inside he holds a deep hatred. If the ref or another player had used the now infamous politically correct for the 21st century 'N' word – wow, would Kobe have been angry! Kobe should be penalized more heavily for this. He should be suspended for at least one game.

We have too many big shot athletic 'heros' who are continually giving the wrong message to their fans, especially young people. It has to stop somewhere…whether it is using verbal insults or shooting up steroids, there are major morality issues we collectively must face. I am a big Laker's fan and loved Kobe Bryant. Now after this outrageous remark, he is just as guilty as the Barry Bonds and A-Rods who abuse their position, their salaries, and place in society.

A Kruze April 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Everyone is overreacting… the use of the word "fag" nowadays is common. Its like calling someone a retard or a donkey… if i call my friend a retard, is it wrong? if i call my friend a donkey, will the association of donkeys come after me? get a life u "retarded fags"!

Michael April 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm

FUCK YOU MR. KRUZE, FUCK YOU VERY MUCH.

ArmyVet April 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Yes, it would be wrong. Next question please.

Chris April 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm

A Kruze, I live by the saying what is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right. So, while it may be popular to some people to call someone a fag it doesn't mean it is right. If you call a friend a retard, yes it is WRONG. You know times have changed. Words CAN hurt. Using the word fag REGARDLESS of how it is used or intended, is still offensive. Kids are looking up to him, and he is not setting a good example. Kids may have heard him say that, and think it is ok. It's ignorance like yours why we still have so many problems in this world. Before you start calling anyone names, you really should look in the mirror first.

perezti April 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm

That would be an issue with the children and their parents. Setting a good example for young people isn't a burden that sportsmen or other celebrities should have to bear.

Fei April 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Except that it is in part the sports celebrities' responsibility, because they are treated as role models by the KIDS themselves, whether or not the parents or teachers wanted them to. Knowing this, athletes, especially globallly known stars such as Kobe Bryant should shoulder the responsibility, and take more care in his actions and words.

Of course, the very fact that Bryant was forgiven for his adulterous sexual assault affair probably convinced him that any sin or crime can be quickly forgotten if he wins a couple of championships, and sadly in view of his ever ballooning legions of fans, he's probably right.

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