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Watch Kobe, Lakers new “words can hurt” PSA

Apr 20, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

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We’ve all seen the fallout and talked about Kobe Bryant being caught using a homophobic slur on national television.

As our own John Korlik said so well, freedom of speech is different from freedom from consequences. Kobe’s words had consequences. The slur he used is simply an unacceptable word to use in civilized society. He tried his best to own up to and apologize for his mistakes.

Part of that will be shown tonight — Kobe (with the help of his teammates) making a PSA about language. Is this in and of itself going to change a mind? Probably not. But if out of this some people have started to get the message, if the needle has moved a little bit, then this wasn’t all a waste.

  1. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    You know you’re the man when you screw up and the whole team has to show up to pay the consequences.

  2. zblott - Apr 20, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    He is still appealing the fine, right?

  3. goldkj - Apr 20, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    That’s about as sincere as the million dollar ring he bought for Vanessa.

  4. fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    “I am sorry I got caught saying that.”

    That’s alright. He is MY Kobe. He may slur people, but he can shoot baskets.

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