Kobe Bryant Discusses Miami Heat’s Su...

Kobe Bryant Discusses Miami Heat’s Support For Trayvon Martin

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Mobley

Athens, GA

#1 Mar 27, 2014
In the March 31 issue of the New Yorker, Kobe Bryant discussed life, race and the inevitable conclusion of his illustrious basketball career with Ben McGrath. Perhaps most shocking is Bryant’s assertion that wide-spread support for Trayvon Martin was premature and he refused to show support for the slain teen simply because he’s African American.
According to Colorlines, when McGrath asked Bryant’s opinion on the Miami Heat’s show of solidarity with Martin in the now iconic “Hoodie” photo, the 35-year-old L.A. Laker said that such a move showed lack of “progress”:
I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” he said.“That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”
The profile goes on to quote former NFL running back Jim Brown, who at one point said,“[Kobe] is somewhat confused about culture, because he was brought up in another country.” Bryant then defended himself on Twitter, writing,“A ‘Global’ African American is an inferior shade to ‘American’ African American??#hmmm. that doesn’t sound very #Mandela or #DrKing sir.”
Mobley

Athens, GA

#2 Mar 27, 2014
This comment has no place in this case, to say this in hindsight, with the facts of the case, Zimmerman's actions since... to say it is to agree with the actions of Zimmerman... Is a slap to the Martin Family... lost in the lie of wealth, he has no character, therefore he has no value.........

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#3 Mar 27, 2014
He forgot about the people who supported him when he caught that rape case! Athletes have shorts memories!

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#4 Mar 27, 2014
The with so many of his generation is they have no memory at all because they have no mind at all. All they can do is shoot hoops. And when they get too old for that, they are useless to society. If it was not for fools like Bryant, we would have solved this problem, long ago.

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#5 Mar 28, 2014
Abdurratln wrote:
The with so many of his generation is they have no memory at all because they have no mind at all. All they can do is shoot hoops. And when they get too old for that, they are useless to society. If it was not for fools like Bryant, we would have solved this problem, long ago.
Most athletes know nothing of the world around them! LaBron James may be the rare exception.

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