Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant says he'll appeal a $100,000 fine for slurring referee Bennie Adams.

Bryant apologized on Wednesday for a nationally televised outburst during Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.

The six-foot-six 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 … fucking faggot.” The incident was broadcast on TNT.

Saying his words did not reflect how he feels about gay and lesbian people, Bryant explained: “What I said last night should not be taken literally. My action were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period.”

NBA Commissioner David Stern fined the five-time NBA champion $100,000 for the insult.

During an appearance on ESPN, Bryant said he would appeal the fine, which he added is “standard protocol.”

“The comment that I made, even though it wasn't meant in the way it was perceived to be, is nonetheless wrong, so it's important to own that,” Bryant said on Mason & Ireland.