The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has chided Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant for using an anti-gay slur.

During Tuesday's nationally televised game against the San Antonio Spurs, the six-foot-six, 32-year-old Bryant stormed to the bench after he received a technical foul from referee Bennie Adams.

Once seated, an angry Bryant threw a towel and yelled “Bennie” followed by what appears to be “fucking faggot.”

“You might wanna take the cameras off of him right now, for the children watching from home,” TNT announcer Steve Kerr said during the broadcast.

HRC, the nation's largest gay rights advocate, responded in a statement.

“What a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language, especially when millions of people are watching,” the group wrote at its blog. “Hopefully Mr. Bryant will recognize that as a person with such fame and influence, the use of such language not only offends millions of LGBT people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate. Bryant and the Lakers have a responsibility to speak up on this issue immediately. America is watching.”

A Lakers spokesperson told ESPN that they had not seen the video, “so it would be inappropriate for us to comment on it.”