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NBA considers Kobe’s homophobic slur only one-fifth as bad as snowboarding

Apr 14, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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Moments after Kobe Bryant’s outburst at referee Bernie Adams during the Lakers’ win over the Spurs on Tuesday, David Stern whipped out his NBA fine sliding scale and began calculating. And so at last we know what it costs to fling a homophobic slur in an NBA game: $100,000. Please make a note of it.

But how does this punishment compare with other NBA fines on Stern’s sliding scale? The folks at Good Men Project dug in and figured it out. My favorite finding: The NBA has determined that yelling “f****** fa****” at a ref is only one-fifth as bad as snowboarding. Yes indeed.

From March 2, 2007:

The Los Angeles Lakers’ Vladimir Radmanovic has been fined an undisclosed amount for violating his contract by snowboarding. ESPN said the amount was $500,000, nearly 10 percent of his $5.2 million season salary. Radmanovic suffered a separated shoulder in the Feb. 17 accident and is expected to be sidelined until mid to late April.

Also, yelling a homophobic slur is:

Half as bad as conducting improper pre-draft workouts.

Twice as bad as saying you want to leave the NBA and go home.

Equally as bad as talking about the collective bargaining agreement.

Equally as bad as writing a letter in Comic Sans about a former player.

Four times as bad as throwing a towel into the stands.

Just for future reference.

Meanwhile, Bryant went into damage control on ESPN Los Angeles Wednesday night, and said that he is planning to “be saying plenty to” groups representing gays and lesbians over the controversy. Bryant, who has already released a statement in which he kind of half apologized, said that he’s aware of his responsibility as a role model.

“Well I will be saying something to them, I will be talking to them, because I think out of this, it’s our responsibility as athletes and those who are in the spotlight to bring awareness to certain issues,” Bryant said. “Now where this stems from? It stems from a negative light, but it’s our responsibility to turn this into a positive and try to raise as much awareness as we possibly can and say that’s not okay. To insult and disrespect is not the right thing to do. So I will be saying something to them, saying plenty to them. And hopefully we can do some things to try to prohibit violence, prohibit hate crimes and things of that nature, because it’s extremely important to do that.”

Meanwhile, I just got this comment on a previous post:

“I’m [gay], and I was not offended. Kobe can be my man any time.”


Putting Kobe’s slur in context [Good Men Project]
Kobe Bryant Provides Weak Rationalization For Anti-Gay Slur at NBA Ref Bennie Adams [Sports Radio Interviews]