Shortly after being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Kobe Bryant has gone and hurt his image again.
]]>“Discriminatory slurs have no place on or off the court. Professional sports players need to set a better example for young people who use words like this on the playground and in our schools, creating a climate of intolerance and hostility. The LA Lakers have a responsibility to educate their fans about why this word is unacceptable.” The anti-defamation organization has previously worked with several athletic organizations to address the issue of homophobia in sports, including the New York Yankees, the World Wrestling Federation and the Washington Capitals’ minor league affiliate, the Hersey Bears. GLAAD has now reached out to the Lakers and will provide updates on GLAADBlog.org as they become available. When it comes to sports, we understand that in the heat of the moment people often say things they don’t mean. But when it comes to professional athletes in the position of being role models, there does come a level of responsibility. After the PR nightmares Bryant has faced in the past, we think that this speed bump could be easily remedied. Let’s just hope he takes the initiative to apologize and get involved in a tolerance program or some sort.