Bryant cursed and used a common homophobic slur when referee Bennie Adams called a technical foul on him Tuesday night.
Bryant's words and actions were captured by TNT during the network's national broadcast.
"What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period," Bryant said in a statement issued through the Lakers. "The words expressed do NOT reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were NOT meant to offend anyone."