Score! Kobe Bryant Stands Up Against Homophobia
Congratulations to Kobe Bryant for making a complete 180 turn around on the use of offensive, anti-gay remarks!
After paying a $100,000 fine in 2011 for directing a gay slur at a referee, now the LA Lakers basketball star is standing up against homophobia.
On Twitter, the NBA all-star scolded one of his followers for using homophobic language over the weekend.
“Just letting you know @pacsmoove @pookeo9 that using ‘your gay’ as a way to put someone down ain’t ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab.” He tweeted in response to a message from user @pookeo9, a 16-year-old teen who used the word gay in a derogatory manner in response to user @pacsmoove.
The first tweet was directed at @kobebryant and read: “Let’s make out in bed Kobe.” @Pacsmove retweeted that message, adding “you’re gay” in the beginning.
After the shooting guard reprimanded the users for their anti-gay remarks, he used himself as an example about how gay bashing is wrong and ignorant referring to his anti-gay offense two years ago. “Exactly,” he wrote. “That wasn’t cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others.”
The co-founder of You Can Play, a website dedicated to eliminating homophobia in sports, praised Bryant for stance against gay slurs. “His actions are proof that athletes who use casual homophobia can be educated on this issue,” Patrick Burke told OutSports. “Athletes who are given a chance to learn from their mistakes can become some of the LGBT community’s most valuable supporters.”
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