I challenge you to freeze-frame Bryant’s face in that moment of conflict with the referee Bennie Adams. Really examine the loathing and utter contempt, and realize this is something with which almost every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person is familiar. That is the sentiment people face in middle and high schools, in places of worship, work and even in their own homes across the United States.

A Gay Former Player Responds to Kobe Bryant - NYTimes.com

Please, go read this heartfelt and heartbreaking piece by John Amaechi. And tell your friends to read it. When a revered athlete (whether that reverence is deserved or not by out-of-game behavior) spits hate speech, we all lose something precious that can’t be made up by a half-baked apology and a $100k fine.

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