Tuesday , Feb , 12 , 2013 Matt Formica

Kobe Bryant puts Twitter follower on blast

Kobe Bryant recently joined Twitter and he’s already putting his foot down with his following.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  If you talk trash on Kobe’s twitter page, there’s a chance you’ll get reprimanded for it.

While Bryant may be new to the Twitter game, he’s already been a pretty active tweeter.  Since joining the social media site in early January, the Black Mamba has already tweeted over 200 times!  (Who knows if it’s really Kobe himself tweeting every time, but let’s just pretend that’s the case). 

The point is, @kobebryant is up and running.  And in full force.

So that means, if you follow Kobe and decide to write on his page, you’d better be careful what you post.

One of Bryant’s almost 1.3 million followers learned this yesterday.  The hard way.

This particular follower decided to to lash out against another one of Kobe’s followers with a homophobic insult Sunday, to which the Black Mamba immediately stepped in with two cents of his own.

In response to the slander, Kobe tweeted, “Just letting you know@PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using “your gay” as a way to put someone down ain’t ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab”

Rewind to last season when Bryant was fined $100,000 for shouting a gay slur at referee Bennie Adams during a game after Adams gave Kobe a technical.  Kobe was visibly fired up at the time and was definitely just caught up in the moment, but unfortunately for the Mamba, one of the cameras caught the tirade on National TV; and you didnt’ have to be an expert lip reader to decipher what Kobe said.  Commissioner David Stern called Bryant’s outburst “offensive and inexcusable” and Kobe apologized the next day.

And of course, after Bryant came to the defense of the follower who had been insulted, another one of Kobe’s followers took to the twitter stage to remind @kobebryant what got him fined last April.

But once again, Kobe showed nothing but remorse and class when he replied, “@onepercentofone @pookeo9 exactly! That wasn’t cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others”

I give props to Kobe for stepping in.  Whether it’s really him tweeting or not, it was a stand up thing to do.

So for all you @kobebryant followers, be cautious with your words on Kobe’s twitter page.  #TheBlackMamba is watching.

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