I was just about to get over this whole Kobe Bryant thing when I hit the sports page and was reminded of his insulting non-apology.
Perhaps you missed the impetus for it. During a basketball game Tuesday, at the end of a long season, Bryant, the highest-paid player in the NBA, lost his temper and called one of the referees a “fa**ot.”
I was at that game, because I am a Laker fan. I am also a fa**ot, as Kobe might say.
My dad called me the next night and said he wanted to return his playoff tickets. Over my dead body. The Lakers are bigger than a slur and, frankly, I just wasn’t that shocked to see someone close to my age lose his temper and use that particular epithet. If anything, his choice of the formal “fa**ot” as opposed to the more casual “f**,” which is as common in the speech of young people as Geico commercials are on television, was a bit of a throwback.
Continued at truthdig.com”:http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/being_kobe_bryant_means_never_having_to_say_your_sorry_20110414/