Why should anyone be surprised? The Lakers, who were battling Dallas for the second seed in the West, beat the Spurs on Tuesday. Until that changes, I believe that there is no appropriate context for that word. He has several lucrative endorsement deals with companies ranging from Sprite to Turkish Airlines. So, that's a pretty progressive stance on gay rights — or at least gay slurs — from one of the biggest stars in the NBA. He averaged Someone challenged him on this:
It's not even the first big step in the last month:.
The major sports leagues don't have the best reputation when it comes to gay players in the locker room, or gay slurs on the playing field, or much of anything with gay rights these days, really. But Kobe Bryant, in a sudden reversal for himself and perhaps a growing trend for stars in the notoriously conservative NBA, may have single-handedly changed that. He told me that it's never OK to degrade or tease, and that he understands how his words could unfortunately give the wrong impression that this is appropriate conduct.
So, that's a pretty progressive stance on gay rights — or at least gay slurs — from one of the biggest stars in the NBA.