Kobe Bryant’s anti-gay outburst continues to get attention and now John Amaechi (the former NBA player, who is now openly gay) is speaking out. Earlier this week, The NBA fined Kobe Bryant $100,000 today for using the word “faggot” in a fit of frustration and rage over a referee call. Kobe apologized and is appealing the fine. But he has agreed to meet with GLAAD.
From the New York Times, John Amaechi takes a much deeper look into the power behind Kobe Byrant’s words. In the very thoughtful piece, Amaechi says…
“I challenge you to freeze-frame Bryant’s face in that moment of conflict with the referee Bennie Adams. Really examine the loathing and utter contempt, and realize this is something with which almost every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person is familiar. That is the sentiment people face in middle and high schools, in places of worship, work and even in their own homes across the United States.
Right now in America young people are being killed and killing themselves simply because of the words and behaviors they are subjected to for being perceived as lesbian or gay, or frankly just different. This is not an indictment of the individuals suffocated by their mistreatment, it is an indication of the power of that word, and others like it, to brutalize and dehumanize. This F-word, which so many people seem to think is no big deal, is the postscript to too many of those lives cut short.”
Read the full article written by openly gay, former NBA player John Amaechi here:
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And check out some photos of Kobe showing his softer side:
Watch our GAY NIGHT AT THE NBA story HERE: