Kobe Bryant and Marilyn Davenport Apologies Miss Their Direct Targets

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It's been a busy couple weeks when it comes to high-profile apologies from Orange Countians. Newport Coast's Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers first half-heartedly and then full-heartedly apologized for saying "fucking faggot." Next came Fullerton's Marilyn Davenport of the Orange County Republican Party Central Committee first half-heartedly and then full-heartedly apologizing for forwarding an email with a photo of President Barack Obama appearing to be the child of chimps.

Despite the emotional mea culpas, both missed something huge when it came to making things right. 

Near as I can tell from what I've seen while watching Bryant and read from my colleague R. Scott Moxley's coverage of Davenport, neither one specifically apologized to the targets of their barbs: NBA referee Bennie Adams and Obama respectively.

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Read any of Bryant's words on the matter or watch video coverage, and--based on what I have seen anyway--there is not even mention of Adams. Bryant is instead apologizing to the gay community and the community at large, which is fine. Offend one and you offend all.

But shouldn't the person you lashed out at be the first person you apologize to? It's like the reverse good form after winning an Oscar of first thanking the Academy.

On radio's The Dan Patrick Show on Friday, the host asked Bryant if he had spoken with Adams since this all blew up. Black Mamba replied in the negative, saying he wanted to but was unsure whether it was appropriate for players to speak to NBA referees off the court. He then said he would say something to Adams next time they see one another.

Um, how about right now, on the air, live, Kob? I'll help you: "Dan, man, before we get into this, I just want to say how deeply sorry I am to Bennie Adams . . . "

I don't agree with, but sort of understand, why Davenport would not do the same with Obama. After all, what he represents is so opposite of what she truly believes. He's the dude in the big top hat and curly mustache to her fair maiden being tied to the railroad tracks. Apologizing to someone like that, if you have wronged them, can wreak havoc on your insides.

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It's even understandable (though I also disagree with) not apologizing to Michelle Obama, for doing something so mean and racist to her man. After all, the first lady campaigns for the guy in the black hat and curly 'stache.

But as a "Christian lady," as Davenport likes to describe herself, why not apologize in general to the Obama family? After all, the photo takes aim at the entire brood, half siblings included, when you think about it. Or, apologize directly to Obama's daughters, since they have no chimps in this political fight and, near as I can tell, no one is questioning where they were born (save for Orly, of course).

Short of that, or perhaps even with a Davenport apology to the Obamas, Orange County Republican Party chairman Scott Baugh, who has really handled this magnificently, should offer one up on behalf of his organization.

It's really a win-win because it would set a precedent for dumbfucks on the other side committing flagrant fouls. Before you know it, the two sides might find common ground amid the apologies on which to push this country forward.

A boy can dream. 


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Rottweiler
Rottweiler

Why should she be sorry when we all partake in "poor taste" emails? Those who will not admit it on either party are simply liars. I do find it hard to stomach when ever a Democratic representative is caught doing something immoral like watching porno several hours a day when the tax payers are paying their salary as this happened in Los Angeles several years back they go to "rehab". Both parties are weak but the liberals always are very forgiving and look the other way when there is something occurring like this. Like Sharpton is such a shining example of moral ethics when he accuses 6 men of raping and scratching the N word on Tawana Brawley's abdomen when in effect she was lying. These hipocrites should climb under the rock of which they came from. African Americans do not have the market on the race card, try growing up Caucasian in Hawaii in the 60's like I did. Man those islanders can "HATE".

While I do not condone racism we are all guilty of Polock, Jew, Dumb Blonde jokes and other generalizations about one's culture or race. No one seems to remember Bush in suit as a chimp which read "Too Dumb to be president, this specie never evolved". How about Pelosi's botox injections or Reid and Franks in gay attire. No one says anything about those emails? The Democrats will think of anything to embarrass and keep in the limelight, how tragic.

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Jeff shapiro
Jeff shapiro

What Davenport did was despicably racist. She may never quite realize that and seems to be having troulbe coming to grips with that fact. As has the Republican Party in Orange County and elsewhere. People like Davenport are, of course, racist, and are simply using new buzzwords. These diseases don't go away easily. Too bad for all of us.

Catjj6977
Catjj6977

maralyn davenport that was soo disrespectful

Catjj6977
Catjj6977

kobe shoulent go around calling ppl faggots

Catjj6977
Catjj6977

i think someone should bi--- slap that raciest b

Catjj6977
Catjj6977

i think someone should bitch slap that raciest bitch

Fred K Pope
Fred K Pope

racist hypocrites. They really make Christians look like crap.

Chimpanzee@aol.com
Chimpanzee@aol.com

Ttypical tampon party rhetoric never accept blame remember bush regan they had to carry crosses stop being racists and save us time

Wolf Lange
Wolf Lange

Sick ,racist, disrespectful and not even funny and very un-christianlike.Shame on you Davenport !!

Spiral
Spiral

What Davenport says in her apology letter is "I'm sorry I got caught being a racist, but I will not resign. Kiss my ass "

Elceibeno08
Elceibeno08

Both Kobe Bryant and Marilyn Davenport are not really sorry and their apologies are fake. The only thing they in fact regret is being exposed for what they are: homophobic and racist. Don't let them fool you with their articial veneer of repentance, they don't mean it. Bryant should lose the $100,000 and Davenport should lose her job. How dare they belittle their fellow human beings. He is no better for being born straight any more than her for being born white.

Maria
Maria

ignorance ignorance ignorancei apologize to you Mr. President in the name of all this subhuman beings!!!!!

John Boylan
John Boylan

Only Liberals, can spew hate? Everyone else is Republican or Racist? Abortion, Sodomy and Infanticide, protected by our Leader, in the White House, who claims, "America is no Longer a Christian Nation"! America, you are sheep. Holder and Obama could give the KKK Lessons.

Newsblogger95
Newsblogger95

...and sodomize the ignorant basketball jock!

Newsblogger95
Newsblogger95

Why not Blazing782? It is just as racist or phobic as Davenport's comments. Both Kobe & Davenport are haters!

Newsblogger95
Newsblogger95

Hey Wolf Lange...you forgot about Kobe Bryant and his bias comments.

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