Kobe Bryant Scolds Fan for Using 'Gay' As An Insult

Two years after being fined for using an antigay slur on the court, Bryant reminds fans of the power of words.

BY Michelle Garcia

February 11 2013 2:08 PM ET

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant scolded a fan on Twitter for using "gay" as an insult early Monday morning.

Bryant, who was issued a $100,000 fine for using an antigay slur on the basketball court in 2011, intervened when two fans were debating basketball and one of them used the word "gay" to slam a player.

That fan's tweet has since been deleted, according to The Huffington Post, but Bryant countered, "Just letting you know ... that using 'your gay' as a way to put someone down ain't ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab."

The fan then said Bryant "just made a big deal over a joke that meant no harm." When another fan brought up Bryant calling a referee a "f---ing faggot" in 2011 after receiving a technical foul, Bryant repsonded, "That wasn't cool, and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others."

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