Kobe Bryant touched on the sensitive Trayvon Martin subject in a piece published this week by the New Yorker. In the interview Bryant was asked his opinion on the team photo Miami posed for in support of Martin last year.
Kobe Bryant Allegedly Disrespects Miami Heat Team For Trayvon Martin Support [QUOTE]
Mar 27, 2014 pic.twitter.com/s8TP45Ftra
— Steve Windham (@swtwinsdad) March 28, 2014
Kobe himself wasn’t jumping to conclusions before evaluating the case against accused killer George Zimmerman. He certainly wasn’t jumping behind Martin because he was black. The all time leading scorer in Los Angeles Lakers history is quoted in the New Yorker,
“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American. 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.”
Twitter users didn’t take kindly to Kobe’s remarks. Actually, they kind of freaked out.
speaking of stupid @kobebryant comments on trayvon martin… wow… kobe bryant is an asshole… what a complete ignorant idiot
— Kolbe Joens (@Kolbz23) March 28, 2014
I’m a huge @kobebryant fan, but I HIGHLY disagree with his Trayvon Martin stance. Jim Browns statement about him is ringing bells now!
— JarrellHarrison (@JarrellHarrison) March 28, 2014
Kobe Bryant’s stupid ass remarks and delivery about the Trayvon Martin case just has my face like -_____-
— OfficialJezebel (@OfficialJezebel) March 28, 2014
@kobebryant you are an idiot. Just because Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie had a snickers and an Arizona he does he deserve to die okay
— Justin thompson (@FIRE_ninja7694) March 28, 2014
— George Cook (@AAreports) March 28, 2014
Just lost all respect for Kobe Bryant criticizing the Heat for supportin Trayvon Martin
— Talkshow (@JwashLmTx357) March 28, 2014
The injured guard backed off his comments in the New Yorker, but just a bit.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 27, 2014
As Kobe Bryant already knows, you can never make everyone happy.
— Donna K. (@DonnaK93) March 28, 2014
[Image Credit: Aaron Frutman]