SACRAMENTO — Kobe Bryant shouted a gay slur at referee Bennie Adams after picking up his 15th technical foul of the season during the Lakers’ victory Tuesday over the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center. Bryant could be heard screaming, “Bennie,” at the veteran referee. TNT’s mic then goes silent and Bryant said something else.
Here’s Bryant’s statement today: “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.”
Meanwhile, the Lakers signed shooting guard Trey Johnson, who was the D-League’s second-leading scorer with an average of 25.5 points with the Bakersfield Jam.
The Lakers also recalled forward Derrick Caracter from the Jam.
Finally, results of the MRI exam on Andrew Bynum’s hyperextended right knee is expected later today.