Fri, Nov 16, 2007 - Page 23 News List

NBA: Jackson apologizes for 'Brokeback Mountain' comment

AP , HOUSTON

Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson calls a play during the first quarter of a basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Houston on Wednesday.

PHOTO: AP

Coach Phil Jackson said he deserved the reprimand he got from the NBA on Wednesday for making a sexual reference in a comment following the Los Angeles Lakers' loss in San Antonio.

The Spurs made 13 3-pointers in their 107-92 victory on Tuesday, and Jackson was asked if too much penetration was leading to open outside shooters.

"We call this a `Brokeback Mountain' game, because there's so much penetration and kickouts," Jackson said. "It was one of those games."

The 2005 film, which won three Oscars, depicts two cowboys who conceal their homosexual affair.

"But in retrospect, it wasn't really funny," Jackson said on Wednesday. "When you take it out of context, it wasn't funny. It was a poor attempt at humor and I deserved to be reprimanded by the NBA."

Jackson couldn't resist making another joke as he apologized.

"If I've offended any horses, Texans, cowboys or gays, I apologize," Jackson said.

Jackson thanked beat writers and other journalists who covered Tuesday's game for dismissing the comment as an innocent joke. He said several of them laughed when he said it.

The NBA did not.

NBA spokesman Brian McIntyre said: "The remarks are in poor taste, and the Lakers have assured us such remarks will not occur in the future."

This story has been viewed 1631 times.
TOP top