These are Kobe Bryant's quotes on The Dan Patrick Show, on Friday.
The comment that I made, even though it wasn't meant in the way it was perceived to be, is nonetheless wrong, so it's important to own that.
It was just stupid and ignorant.
In this situation, seeing how many people were affected, it helps you understand the weight that comes from that word. That's why it's very important for me to communicate how sorry I am to use the word.
Previously, Bryant issued a written statement:
What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period. The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone.
A TNT video camera had shown Bryant use the phrase: F***ing fa***t