Washington – In a pre-game phone call to HRC president Joe Solmonese just moments ago, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant apologized for using a homophobic slur. Bryant expressed understanding and regret for how his words were hurtful and could be used by some to discriminate.

The following is a statement from HRC’s Solmonese:

“I applaud Kobe Bryant for his swift apology. We had a very sincere conversation in which he expressed his heartfelt regret for the hurt that his words caused. 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. At the end of a difficult day, I applaud Kobe for coming forward and taking responsibility for his actions.”

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/loveforkobealways/ Tremell Smith

    We know you did not mean it and sometimes in the heat of things people say things they regret. Stay strong. Much love from The Bahamas, the Lakers nation.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/spidermandane8/ Gerald Daniel F. Estrada

    That’s my idol!

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/fodaysowe/ yerro

    This humanrights is very importance to all humanities.i am thanking you for helping us to strenges humans rights.i am Black Africa.thanks a lot.may you live in a good peace and long lifes.

  • http://kobebryant.com/members/saif/ Saif

    I don’t understand why there needs to be an explanation? People say things they don’t mean all the time. It comes out in the heat of the moment or when your just fueled. They should highlight all the fundraising and great deeds Kobe has done for people. Perfectly human to express anger and frustration. Please send me to the perfect planet where this article was printed. This is so stupid!