Black Stars Slammed by GLAAD

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  • Sherri Shepherd
  • D.L. Hughley
  • Kobe Bryant
  • 50 Cent
  • Tyler, the Creator
  • Isaiah Washington
  • 021512 national GLAAD logo
  • Jennifer Carroll, GLAAD
  • Roland Martin
  • Tracy Morgan
  • T.I.

Kobe’s Courtside Drama

In April 2011, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was fined $100,000 for shouting an anti-gay slur at a referee after being called for a technical foul. GLAAD immediately released a statement calling for the Lakers to be a better example to fans. The day following the incident, Bryant released a lukewarm apology that credited his offensive outburst to being caught in “the heat of the game.” Bryant did one better by appearing with several teammates in a Lakers-sponsored PSA, where the star called for the “understanding, compassion and acceptance” of all people, regardless of race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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