Yesha Callahan

Kobe Bryant Needs To Have Every Seat At The Staples Center After Speaking About Miami’s Trayvon Martin Protest

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If there was one person in the NBA that seems to have the proverbial chip on their shoulder, it’s Kobe Bryant.  All throughout his career, his lack of personality and smug demeanor not only played out on the court, but also during interviews.

In a recent interview in the New Yorker,  Bryant not only rags on his former teammate, Shaquille O’Neal, but also expresses his sentiments about the Miami Heat’s sign of protest after Trayvon Martin’s murder. In 2012, shortly after Trayvon’s murder, Lebron James tweeted the following photo of his teammates:

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Apparently that sign of solidarity didn’t sit well with Bryant:

“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 irony, is that people jumped to Trayvon’s defense, because he was murdered by a trigger happy asshole and it showed just how invaluable a black child’s life is. But it’s obvious that Bryant forgot how quick people jumped to his defense during his rape case.  But of course Rapey Bryant  didn’t mention any of that.

Bryant loves to brag about how he was raised in Italy and the suburbs of Philly, as if it sets him apart from other black men in this country.  But what he fails to realize is that no matter how many rings he has, thanks in part to Shaq, in certain people’s eyes, he’s just a n-word that can shoot a ball in a basket.  He needs to keep his social commentary to himself.

  1. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    What “facts”?

    The fact that Trayvon was walking down the street in his father’s neighborhood?

    The fact that some nut decided that he can question random people about whether they should be allowed in said neighborhood?

    The fact that the same nut got out of his car to confront someone walking on the sidewalk?

    Kobe has a lot of nerve after the way African American people supported him (and continue to support him) after the rape case.

    Kobe better not ever lose that money and talent, or he may start feeling what it is really like to be an African American male.

    Let’s face it, just because someone is African American, talented and rich does not mean that the person has the best interest of the African American community at heart.

    As Maya Angelou says, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them”.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @ALM

      I am with you on that. If he had no money he would not speak this way on this issue.

  2. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Kobe, who said people jumped to Trayvon’s defense just because he was Black. Could it be, pea brain, that they jumped to his defense for the reason the article stated.

    I highly doubt Kobe and his ilk (including jackass Pharrell Williams) would take a stance for Blacks if someone had a gun to their heads. They are too busy bowing and scraping at the feet of their masters.

    I wasn’t one who jumped to his defense when he raped that White girl in Colorado, so in your case, Kobe, this Black person didn’t jump to your defense.

  3. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    After this interview makes its rounds, I won’t be surprise if Kobe gives the “The interviewer had twisted what I said” excuse.
    Being that he is a LA Laker (and possibly lives in that environment), one would think that he would understand (especially, with the likes of the LAPD).
    I really want Shaq or one of the Miami Heat members to give a response to his remarks.

  4. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Why are we surprise at his comment? I have never liked this man. He is horrible and his wife is no better. There are many words to describe this man…none good.

  5. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    I didn’t like Kobe then and I don’t like him now. Such an asshole.

  6. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Whole lotta celebrity BM showing their behinds here lately.

  7. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    This man grew up in a two parent middle class household and still grew up not to be sh-it. SMH

  8. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    One could argue that Kobe Bryant is following in the footsteps of his idol, Michael Jordan, a man who never has made any effort to support black issues.

    Ironically, I do agree with Kobe about not automatically supporting African Americans when the person is a celebrity. OJ Simpson forever cured of support the brother (sister) syndrome when it comes to famous people with the resources to pay excellent lawyers. Supporting OJ’s stupid ass was simply not worth the ill will the black community caught for standing by him. I think that white support of Zimmerman was partially blowback from the Simpson case.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Anthony

      I hear what you are saying but people were not supporting OJ persay, they were fighting against the LAPD and racism in general.

      I think that most people articulated that very clearly during that time, it was white people who said that the support was for OJ. He was a representation of the wrong doings that police and prosecutors have done to blacks for generations.

      • March 27, 2014 - Reply

        @RJ

        RJ, I know what you are saying, and I felt that way too. I just think it turned out to be ironic that of all the police abuse cases in LA, we, as a community, ended up supporting the biggest sellout imaginable (and most likely guilty too.)

        • March 27, 2014 - Reply

          @Anthony

          Anthony, you are very insightful.

          Many years ago I saw OJ at a track meet at UCLA. I was sitting with all of my “Black” friends.As OJ was walking up into the stands we all started cheering and screaming his name . . . the moment he noticed we were “Black” he became angry and TURNED HIS BACK TO US!

          Always an A**hole, as is Kobe. Wealthy and removed, he has shown who he is. That being said, you are right Kobe, not that I ever supported anyone simply because they are Black (since I felt YOU DID “SOMETHING” TO THIS GIRL [A WILLING SEX ACT IS ONE THING, AN UNWILLING SEX ACT IS ANOTHER]BEING THAT SHE “AGREED” TO GO TO YOUR ROOM).

          The point Kobe is missing is this, in the case f Trayvon Martin it is the injustice of his death, the poor outcome of the trial that people were and are still angry about.

          He is clueless.

  9. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Lord help my blood pressure right now!!! UGGGGHH!!! Kobe makes me ill. I swear and I know I’m not to supposed to swear, but I SWEAR I could slap him into another race right now. He irks my spirit and a host of other things I won’t mention in this forum.

  10. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    He makes my ass blow bubbles. Kobe Bryant wants to listen to the facts about a child being murdered, but he wanted everyone to believe his ass when it came to those rape allegations. He is not worth out time.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Natalie B.

      LOL!! See I was going to use my mom’s old saying that “Kobe makes my butt itch.” Your comment took care of that for me.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Natalie B.

      His parents have nothing to do with him tells a story!

  11. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Hell as a young educated black man I agree with Kobe. I know my own FAMILY history on both sides we have records and I have every well know black family members. I’ve always bit more conservative on us as a community ie crime, I am for harsher sentencing for drugs/ child support. I have zero problems with brothas going to jail why? I own stocks in companies that build prisons companies such as Avalon Correctional Services.

    I’ve even put a cousin behind bars for 40+ yrs. I don’t want thugs around me at all. If You are a thug I have no compassion for You. Hell my family member came from a 2 parent home. He didn’t have to be inner city thug street trash. My kids will be raised in a majority neighborhood why because Our folk cause a lot of drama and we keep bs going. My kids will be attending Lawrenceville School just like I did.

    “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?

    I agree I did/said the same thing. I’m not wearing a damn hoodie/baggy jeans/timbs and looking like a hood thug for a damn tribute. I’m 22 but I agree wholeheartedly with Kobe. This over reaction shit is tiring. I won’t say what I’ve really said but Kobe summed it up.

    I don’t listen nor care for rap music never have never will. I play my classic music loud in my music room in my highrise condo only. I don’t want everyone to hear what I’m playing in public.

    I heard I’m not down enough but I don’t give a single damn what our community as a whole thinks or feels. Forget them all outside of my loved ones.

    I’m glad to get paid from misery in da hood. I have a weapons permit because brothas in da hood don’t care. If they don’t care about their own lives I know I won’t if they try and run up.

    I write a couple checks to get lil hood dudes into private schools in the burbs. I don’t agree with african cented schools. The only thing I care about in africa is gaining their resources

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Michael

      “I have zero problems with brothas going to jail why? I own stocks in companies that build prisons companies such as Avalon Correctional Services.”

      *Dead* SMH.

      • March 27, 2014 - Reply

        @Ask_Me

        Ask_Me and her brother play fighting on Clutch. Awww..

        • March 27, 2014 - Reply

          @Nirvana

          More like laughing at one of your alias stalker. You’re getting dumber…with every comment troll.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Michael

      I feel sorry for you.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Michael

      @ Michael:

      Who knows if you are even African American? You could be anyone hiding behind that computer.

      I will say this. It is disgusting that you willingly invest in the prison industrial complex. For all of your bragging about your education, you still lack the common sense to realize that the prison industrial complex is set up for African American men. You can support the system all you want, but all it will take is one case of racial profiling and you may be sitting right next to your cousin.

      People who run the prison industrial complex don’t care about your education or your classical music. You and your cousin are all the same to the people who run the prison industrial complex.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Michael

      So in other words you are yet to receive your Negro wake call. Stay tuned buddy, it’s coming and I would not want to be standing next to you when it comes.

      Self hating people make my skin crawl.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Michael

      Please don’t feed the troll.

      • March 27, 2014 - Reply

        @MimiLuvs

        The irony here is this Michael person posted this comment yesterday…

        “African-American men have always been America’s boogie man. The best thing an African-American man can do is exercise his Right to keep and bear arms. It’s best to die standing up than to die on your knees.
        To the African-American women who say they don’t care. Please keep in mind America does not know the difference between a biracial man (Caucasian dad and African-American mom) and African-American man. Your son will be public enemy number one also. Can’t run from African blood.”

        Yeah he has to be a troll.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Michael

      Ahhhh…Uncle Ruckus. You are the living embodiment of Uncle Ruckus.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Michael

      *** Troll alert ***

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Michael

      Karl Rove, is that you?

  12. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    I see nothing wrong with Kobe’s statement. Like Kobe, I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m Black. I sit and I listen to the facts just like I would in any other situation.

    He didn’t say he agreed with George Zimmerman’s actions. He didn’t say Trayvon deserved to die an innocent death. He didn’t say Stand Your Ground should stand. He simply shared his approach to these sorts of unfortunate situations.

    He doesn’t have to wear a hoodie as a sign of solidarity for Trayvon. He doesn’t have to agree with that display of support. The Miami Heat guys felt the need to do so. KUDOS to them!

  13. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    I react to things that speak to my soul. The fact that he believes that people react to things because they are black let’s you know how out of touch he is.

    Just think about the things that white people get their knickers and panties in a twist about.

    Now we know why his own family doesn’t like him.

    Special colonized negroes are created, not just born.

    His bubble will burst, but being that he did not learn his lesson after the white chick tried to put him in jail for having consensual sex, god only knows what it will take for him to get his Negro wake up call.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @RJ

      He got his negro call when that Mexican wife of his was going to take his ass through the roof, but he calmed his ass down and suck up to her ass like a FAT cat!

  14. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    I’m feeling some type of way with his comments regarding Trayvon Martin….

  15. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    It must be Thursday- another high profile black man letting white people know “he a good nigger, you won’t have any nonsense out of me. No sir, you won’t.”

    LeBron James and his teammates are men. Something Kobe Bryant will never be.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @RJ

      Oh, he want’s to take now that his ass shooting blanks on the court! Kobe, you are HISTORY!

  16. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Spoken like a true sellout. Just sit down shut up and hold on to your white wife. Nobody askin to defend them because they’re black. Only when they’re being subjected to obvious injustices.

  17. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Oh Kobe, it is sad that you do not realize how hypocritical you sound. When you were facing sexual assault charges it was African Americans that charged to your defense. Now you can not do the same?

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @a black lady

      Do you think African American’s should have come to his defense when he was facing those charges simply because he is black? I don’t think so. For the most part I agree with him. I don’t defend someone initially simply because they are black. I keep my mouth shut until I get some facts. For example, that ex-NFL player accused of rape. As a woman how silly would it be for me to simply defend him because he is black knowing that he is accused of heinous crimes toward women? I simply wouldn’t do it. I understand that black people are often unfairly profiled and charged but I don’t blindly defend all accused persons because of the color of their skin.

      I would say the Trayvon Martin case was a little different because he was the victim not the accused. I do however, still understand why as a public figure he might want more facts before taking a side.

      • March 27, 2014 - Reply

        @Deana

        I agree Deanna. But as someone else said, it’s two years later since the Trayvon Martin murder. By now, all of the facts have come out and he should be able to assert an opinion and see that Martin is defendable, and Zimmerman is a racist criminal.

        I get that Bryant is saying to analyze each situation on it’s own merit, just as in the case of Jordan Davis, which, imo, was totally different circumstances and motive than those around Trayvon Martin’s. However, Bryant is very obviously trying to avoid giving commentary on the Martin csse because he knows he’s married to a white hispanic himself (i.e. the same type of person who killed Trayvon).

  18. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Did he forget the time he was accused of rape and black people rallied around?!!!

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Kay05

      The fact that they did and shows how little women matter. A black man is accused of raping a woman and you rally around him because of the color of his skin. The level of cognitive dissonance amongst black women is astounding sometimes. How is it that so many choose black and ignore their womanhood? I would never support an accused rapist without facts simply because he is black.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @Kay05

      Yes, that was unfortunate. Black people – especially Black women – should never have rallied around him.

  19. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Kobe is ignorant and so are the people who agree with him. Amazing how quickly Negro Amnesia sets in.
    One there would be NO mWAY to get the FACTS without and investigation! The FACT is Trayvon’s parents were asking for investigation of their CHILD’S death and that’s what Black people were supporting. If Black people took the ass backwards approach of Kobe and his supporters there would have been NO investigation to get so called “facts”.
    Fact Black child went to the store, grown man followed him for no reason and Black child DIES of a gunshot womb. This is enough to support a got-damn investigation. Fact Trayvon’s body laid in the morgue for THREE days!
    Fact Kobe is and idiot!

  20. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    ** an

  21. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Hey Kojack, why your mother and father not in your life! You have a serious problem and that why you are shit on the court anymore!

  22. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Your man hood was taken long time ago by a Mexican!

  23. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    I can see a point, with him making the statement about not reacting just because he’s black.

    that said he’s making an assumption that the Heat team only responded because they were black. what a rude and uninformed statement to make.

    ALSO since it’s not 2012, it’s 2014 and we have all the facts, what is stopping him from “asserting himself” now.

    this response is disgusting, and the little bit of respect I had for him is gone.

  24. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    The fact that Kobe seems to have missed the true source of the outrage over the Trayvon Martin case, says ALOT about him. Clearly, education is no guarantee of one exhibiting common sense, intelligence and critical thinking. Just sayin’

    I won’t defend Kobe just because he is a fellow black person. But I will defend his right to speak.

    So….in his defense, Kobe has every right to make comments and reveal his ignorance and utter lack of awareness. I’ll defend his right to do this to my dying day.

    The same way I will voice my outrage over young black men being slaughtered under the guise of “standing one’s ground” and “self-defense.”

  25. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    @Michael
    I know people like you, upper class, even rich blacks. What I can say to you is this: if you or yours ever get into trouble, you would be amazed at how fast you re-discover your Blackness.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @ArabellaMichaela

      These are white niggers speaking! Kobe days are over! Lebron, Chris and Dewayne are the ELITES in sports!

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @ArabellaMichaela

      @ArabellaMichaela….please stop making assumptions about “upper class” “rich” black folks. The most ignorant being that somehow they’re less black or removed from being black. It’s pure BS.

      I am a bourgie black woman from Long Island NY. I would stay awake nights and mornings waiting to hear my brother sneak back into the house. Why?

      Because he was black kid and that was enough. Nobody stops to ask these young black men whether they are from wealthy families, or if they’re college bound or college educated or if they’re good people….they simply see black…PERIOD.

      BORN A SUSPECT.

      I was scared for my brother’s well-being every time he was not in my line of sight. Thankfully he made it through and most of my worry has now migrated to my 16-year old nephew. A nerd in every sense of the word, who lives in hoodies.

      It has nothing to do with money or social status. “They” don’t give a damn about that. “They” don’t bother about those distinctions.

      Money don’t stop a bullet, honey.

  26. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    If that had been of his girls going out for skittles and a tea and was gun down by Zimmerman, what would the jackass and his wife think?

  27. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    @sweetli30
    I don’t usually respond to readers who comment on my statements. This one time I will.
    I am probably more “bourgie” and upper class than you. So, don’t come for me. I know what I’m talking about.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @ArabellaMichaela

      So, since you come from more money than her, you can come at her in a reply, but she can’t respond to you. What monetary privilege makes your freedom of speech richer than hers?

      She made what some would call sweeping generalization, and you returned with an asinine thoughtful response. If you feel that was a victory for you, then all that bourgie and upper class still makes your life sound kind of sucky.

      And I’ve known wealthy and poor blacks that flip-flop between good and bad people all through my life.

      I’ve attended a private undergrad university and an art university for grad school. I’m probably more “bourgie” educated than you, so don’t come for me.

  28. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    There aren’t enough seats for Kobe to take for those comments. Privilege has made him blind and forgetful. Living in Italy and in the suburbs doesn’t make you less black in any way and no amount of fame will protect you from a gun-wielding racist who can’t stand you and thinks you’re a criminal based solely on your skin.

  29. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    RJ

    Sorry but the black men of the Miami Heat didn’t do enough for Trayvon Martin. If Trayvon were a Jewish kid people would still be paying for his death. Zimmerman would be signing autographs at gun shows. Trayvon’s murder demonstrated how powerless impotant incompetent the black community is. We failed his mother. We allowed the police the DA and the courts tell that woman it was ok yo murder her son. Our response? Wearing hoodies.

    Every black person in Florida should have had the names of everyone involved in that case and made them pay politically.

    Instead we wear hoodies.

  30. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    He’s correct, but only from a theoretical standpoint…an ideal. We don’t live in a theoretically ideal society; we live in the real America. Races, ethnicity and nationalities are not treated equally. For that reason, theoretical standards are wrong. Kobe is clearly ignorant of the history that gives blacks the absolute right to be immediately skeptical of whites who harm blacks. He doesn’t understand that, because black men are presumed guilty until proven innocent, blacks must level the playing field by making whites guilty until proven innocent (which rarely occurs) when they harm blacks. Kobe is ignorant because he has no idea of what it’s like to be an “average” 18-year-old walking on the inner-city streets of Philly, only to be confronted by racist white cops who would like nothing better than an excuse to shoot the kid. Kobe speaks from the perspective of a well-to-do, foreign athletic prodigy who had the world at his feet by that age. He was already a national celebrity at 18, one whose talents were widely compared to Michael Jordan’s, one who spoke fluent Italian, one who was recruited by the elite universities all over America (Duke, Stanford, etc.), and one who took Brandy to his prom.

    He knows little or nothing about our daily lives, and from an experiential standpoint he might as well be a white girl who dates black men. He has black parents who have no doubt told him stories about black experiences, but his teachers at Lower Marion High School probably glossed over black history, and he was clearly to sheltered and too busy practicing in the gym to watch the news.

    Like most blacks, I certainly don’t believe that one’s status as a black person automatically means they are the victim or that they are “right”. But Kobe must understand that the defacto check system blacks employ against whites is a natural response to the widespread racism we continue to endure, especially in the courts! And he must understand that our skepticism of whites kept Kobe himself out of prison, kept him from being completely ruined by white media, and allowed him to continue raking in untold millions of dollars.

    • March 27, 2014 - Reply

      @miked

      Oh please. Enough with the poor-foreign-Kobe-just-doesn’t-understand. Just because he was raised overseas doesn’t make him blind to the realities of being an African American. Army brats are born, live and travel overseas all the time, and they get it.

      Kobe Bryant was and is a jerk. Period. He “got it” after he was accused of rape, particularly since his victim was a white woman. Simply because she was white and he was black, the press came down hard on him before even knowing all the details. And although I personally believe he is guilty of raping that woman after hearing the facts in the case, I can recognize the injustice in that Kobe was presumed guilty BEFORE any facts came out. So he gets it, he’s just pretending not to.

      Bryant is your typical entitled jerk who thinks that his being a basketball star makes him superman, when really, he’s not doing anything more significance in this world than dribbling a rubber ball.

      • March 27, 2014 - Reply

        @The Other Jess

        You know what, you are right, I take that back….

        F u ck Kobe! Seems he’s insinuating that black people are so ignorant as to not know the difference between standing up for rights because a person is black vs an injustice towards black ppl.

        It is really weird how black people want to lie to other blacks and pretend that they are treated any better in anther country. Do you know how many times I’ve heard people talk about Europe like race is never an issue? You’d be very surprised. they know they real truth but they have to lie to themselves and other blacks because that’s just how some black folks are. denying racism exists altogether is a cop out and giving white people a pass. we need to stop living in denial and talk the real truth so that our children dont suffer the same b u l l s h i t. s.

        A lot of these Black athletes, actors, and musicians are not socially conscious, knowledgeable of politics, and simply do not care to get involved. Either out of fear of backlash in the industry or because they enjoy the perks of individualism. They aren’t seen as the rest of the general Black population. But they sure want us to rally behind them when they’re mistreated by the media or suffer inequality. let’s see how many white people that will jump to his defense next time someone try to frame his sorry @ss.

  31. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Whelp, Jim Brown was trying to tell people that Kobe, hell even his idol Michael Jordan are so far removed that they are out of touch. Granted I DO agree that individuals need to think before reacting in general but Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and plenty of other tragedies already showed the writings on the wall even before the cases was brought before the court so how many facts do you need…it was literally a line of right and wrong. I find it funny that the new “lie…oops line” is that ‘we need all the facts’ when it comes to injustice towards black people but when it is everybody else they can just show up and tell their story without scrutiny…smh. When and if he gets his Dave Chappelle “wake up call” don’t inform us, the public, let us gather the facts while he deals with the fallout

  32. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    *sigh*

    Kneegrow please…

  33. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    In real terms Kobe is a “btch ass ninja”, people may not recall but one of the things that drove a wedge between Shaq and him was when he was arrested in Colorado on that rape charge was one of his first statements to the police was that Shaq and other Lakers players did stuff like that all the time. Instead of addressing his own problem he tried to throw his teammates under the bus. That is a defining moment that gave me insight on what type of individual is Kobe Bryant. As someone noted before the Miami Heat players were attempting to draw attention to the fact that a young black man in a hoodie was shot down in the streets and there was no police investigation of the circumstances. They were not making any statements about guilt or innocence.

    Like is hero MJ he continues along the path of being above the black experience, he is wealthy and famous practically white. Its funny that so many folks reference OJ because OJ was one of the first black athletes to take on that persona. His money, fame and white friends catapulted him beyond the station of being black in America (Apartheid South Africa had a legal term for that “Honorary White”). Then OJ killed the white ex-wife and it was ninja time in America again.

    One may admire Kobe or MJ on their basketball acumen but as people they really do not amount to much. They have made a ton of money being successful athletes but it has not given them any consciousness. We are at a critical point socially in this culture where money and fame is trumping all other human endeavors. Too many of us automatically attribute intelligence, consciousness, integrity and whole host of positive qualities to the wealthy and famous as if wealth and fame is a result of those qualities.
    That is the only reason anyone would give any importance to this inane comment by Bryant.

  34. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    I agree that you should know the facts before reacting, the whole think-before-you-speak, but I don’t think it’s coming from a genuine place with Kobe. He’s such a wannabe ass-wipe that I take nothing he says seriously.

  35. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Why is everybody acting new about this? Kobe Bryant has ALWAYS been an arrogant and ignorant jackass. I guess because everybody had LA Lakers blinders on when they were winning, but these comments are no surprise to me. It was even sickening when he got off on those rape charges and people (esp. Black people) STILL clamored to his defense. Whenever someone likes to boo hoo about Chris Brown being ‘picked on’ because of what he did to Rihanna, I always bring up Kobe Byrant and Michael Jordan…two other Black men who have always gotten and still get away with everything just because they have talent and make money.

    I expect to read quotes like this from Kobe because what has he, like Jordan, done for Black people or really people in general? Absolutely nothing for what I’ve seen. There are other basketball players and teams who donate to charities, support causes, and go out into the community to make it better. But it’s overhyped clowns like Kobe who get all the attention and fancy magazine profiles in order to spew such idiotic statements. Kobe’s pea brain is too far up his own butt to know that most (rational) people were supporting Trayvon Martin and his family because an innocent life was lost and then he was killed AGAIN by a racist and heartless law system. Sure Kobe can look beyond race if he wants to, but his total lack of empathy towards what happened (the murdering of a child!) proves why he’s horrible and always has been.

  36. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    @Ivory. I agree. I just was saying that at least they acknowledged what happened and understood it. They are residents of Florida and could and should have mobilized.

    Action is more important symbolism.

  37. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Maybe the next time this piece o’ shit plays in Miami, he’ll be out on the town and run into someone who will ‘stand their ground’ and shoot this asshole dead! The Lakers will live on without this piece o’shit!

  38. March 27, 2014 - Reply

    Kobe, you have no idea! Sit down and shut up because your recent injury will have you retiring soon enough. Enjoy!

  39. March 28, 2014 - Reply

    Why does he automatically assume that black people would jump to someone’s defense just because we have the same skin color? I guess he thinks he’s the exception. Apparently, we are not smart enough to look at the facts of a case and make a decision based on those facts. I have a serious problem with anyone, white or black, who thinks that it is ok to shoot an unarmed CHILD who did absolutely nothing but walk on this earth like he had the right to be here. Kobe should be ashamed of himself. Ugh! The ain’t shit-ness of this dude is too much to bear right now…

  40. March 28, 2014 - Reply

    Just another case of I’m black and rich and so many non blacks have said nice things to my rich self, and want to be around my rich self so I forget and I talk like this…

  41. March 28, 2014 - Reply

    Thanks for giving me reason #3745674 to dislike Kobe Bryant.

  42. March 29, 2014 - Reply

    Isn’t this the guy who raped someone while being married to another and then tried to buy her forgiveness and went on to fued publicly with his own parents?!…..oh stfu

  43. March 31, 2014 - Reply

    You guys are such clowns….I doubt more than half of you would care if it was a white child being murdered by a black man. But because its a black boy, its such a big deal right???

    • April 17, 2014 - Reply

      @eric

      don’t be a fucking idiot

  44. July 2, 2014 - Reply

    kobi bryant needs to take his stupid ass back to Italy, IF THE ITALIANS WILL HAVE THIS SMUG POMPOUS ASSHOLE!

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