*Kobe Bryant says he’s planning to appeal his NBA fine for hurling a gay slur during a game, calling the decision “standard protocol.”

During an interview on ESPN radio, Kobe also said, “The concern that I have is for those that follow what I say … look to me as a role model .. for them not to take what was said as a message of hate or a license to degrade … or to embarrass or tease … because that’s something I don’t wanna see have happen.”

Kobe said his message to people is, “It’s OK to be who you are.”

Listen to the interview below.