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The NBA and offensive language

The league took action over a gay slur, but what about the use of the N-word?

Originally Published: April 19, 2011
By Jemele Hill | ESPN.com

The next time Kobe Bryant feels the need to direct a powerful slur at an NBA referee and wants to avoid the recriminations for it, maybe this is what he should do:

Just call him the N-word.

It wouldn't draw nearly as much attention as the anti-gay slur Bryant called referee Bennie Adams in an April 12 game against the San Antonio Spurs.

If Bryant had called Adams, who is black, the N-word, the five-time NBA champion probably wouldn't have been fined $100,000.

He ...

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