Bennie Adams

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Adams (right) officiating the Chicago Bulls/Washington Wizards game on February 27, 2009.

Bennie Adams (born April 8, 1967 in New Orleans) is a professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association.

In a regular season game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers on April 12, 2011, Adams called a technical foul on Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. In frustration of the call, Bryant called Adams a derogatory gay term. On the following day, the NBA fined Bryant $100,000.[1] The Lakers and Bryant later apologized for the use of the word.[2]


  1. ^ Plaschke, Bill (April 13, 2011). "Kobe Bryant needs to say more after slur". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kobe Bryant sorry; Lakers make plan". April 15, 2011. Archived from the original on April 15, 2011.