~Following My Own Flow~
Kobe makes over $21 million a year just from his salary and not counting endorsements and other income. To put a $100K fine for Kobe into perspective, proportionally speaking, it's the same as a person who makes $35,000 per year being fined about $170.
Now, if you count his endorsements and such, Forbes estimates Kobe made 45 million in 2009 so that would be a conservative estimate for his current income. This would make the 100K fine proportionally equivalent to the person who makes 35K per year getting fined about $80.
Those aren't excessive.
If the camera caught him saying it, I have no problem with the league fining him. Its a business, and its concerned about image, and to steal and tweak a comment from that leagues greatest player of all time.....Gay People watch Basketball too. $100,000k is a lot of money regardless of who you are, but its far from a truly severe penalty on Kobe. But it does make it look like the leagues not tolerating it.
If it was something that wasn't caught and they were just doing it because someone near by there mentioned it to the league and thus they fined, I'd think that's stupid. There's no image damage there, there's no product shine being lost by that, at that point it just becomes trying to be overly PC and while they'd still be within their rights to do it, I'd say its stupid.
I don't doubt that wasn't the first time Kobe or someone else said that word or other similar type of things on or around the basketball court before...and I have no real issue with that. But he got caught, and they had to take action. Much the same view I have with speeding and other minor type of "crimes" which the majority of the time have no issue on others. If you want to do it, more power to you...I'm not going to condemn you for it or make you out as a monster for it. However, if you get caught, accept that you knowingly were doing something bad and got caught, and do what punishment you have to do. In this case, Kobe got caught, so he had to do the time.
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Fining someone for swearing is beyond stupid.