Kobe Bryant Catches Heat For Trayvon Martin Remarks

Source: theGrio

Kobe Bryant was recently asked by The New Yorker magazine to weigh in on a widely publicized Miami Heat photo where the team posed in hoodies to show their support for the late Trayvon Martin and his family.

Bryant’s comments have been interpreted by some as an insult to the reigning NBA champions.

“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.”

Bryant was quickly pounced on by commentators on social media.

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  • Shaun Kirkwood

    As he has demonstrated n the past, Kobe is full of “bovine fecal matter”. He’s saying he’d rather side on protecting his financial status, as opposed to Muhammad Ali, who took a stand and manned up. Coming from Kobe Bryant, his “non-statement” is not surprising in the least…

    • kazetsukai

      Uh-huh. “Getting the facts” is “protecting his financial status”, and knee-jerk reactions without getting the facts is “taking a stand”. What a moron you are. Engage in the group-think all you want, don’t expect others to. We don’t let people like you do our thinking for us.

  • thagreatestmanalive

    So funny! Bryant’s so called hometown of Philadelphia hates him.

  • zeroh20

    See how money will change the outcome of a black man’s
    thinking. Wonder what his thought would have
    been if he was broke?

    • Thun3r

      I think like him now and I have nothing… I am so sick of the racism from EVERY side….

  • FranSpencer

    You want to me assert myself each time an African American makes a selfish statement isolating himself from those suffering and possibly dying because of racist and oppressive actions in our society. You say we have progressed as a society, but we think this dude with a high school diploma, bum knee and a hand full of championship rings some how gets a vote about the life and death of people from his same demographic. He is not “one of them” and he is applauded that you would think he would have something to say. Lots of people asserted themselves and gave support to him when he was accused of rape. Silly people. Why should you have cared?

  • Mohmoney

    You people kill me, the amount of ignorance that has amassed from this statement which simply said, “Just because he’s black doesn’t mean I will react.” It may sound a bit condescending but he’s speaking logically, he was asked about his remarks on the action of the HEAT as a team not on the trial itself. There was nothing ignorant about his statement, some people hate him so much for being so real. He’s basically saying that if all we use as people is the color of our skin to distinguish right from wrong, we will continue to impede ourselves from progress, it does not always have to be a black or white issue, although it was in this case, he’s bringing light to the fact that sometimes people use this excuse to save themselves. When we use race as a domineering factor for consequence and our afflictions in life we lose our humanity and blur ourselves into just a people, a group of black people. WE ARE NOT JUST BLACK PEOPLE, we are people America, if we can not attack this issue in our own community first and see ourselves as individuals with every right to the fruits of earth and our labor then why do we expect any advancement in the fight for equality.

  • Morpheous

    Kobe, you are a truly great basketball player, but you, and
    your friend Stephen A. Smith, have very ignorant and uninformed views. You should stick to what you know best, basketball. Jim Brown was absolutely right.

  • choppa

    Kobe didn’t say all that when people defended him saying he was innocent when he had that rape case with that white girl, now did he

  • choppa

    Kobe didn’t say all that when people defended him saying he was innocent when he had that rape case with that white girl, now did he