Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers told a fan last night via Twitter to stop saying "you're gay" as an insult.
Bryant was in the hot seat back in 2011 after calling a referee a "faggot." When someone brought the incident up on Twitter, Bryant responded, "exactly! That wasn't cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others."
“It’s great to see Kobe Bryant’s maturation on this subject,” said out sports radio broadcaster Jason Page. “The fact that he immediately smacked down somebody using that kind of language proves that some guys can learn to understand the impact harmful words can have.”
“I’m very excited to see Kobe taking an active stand on this,” You Can Play co-founder Patrick Burke told Outsports. “His actions are proof that athletes who use casual homophobia can be educated on this issue. Athletes who are given a chance to learn from their mistakes can become some of the LGBT community’s most valuable supporters.”
Here are some of the responses on Twitter from other active LGBT allies:
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