Kobe Bryant Talks Trayvon Martin, Says He Won't Jump To Your Defense Just Because You're Black

Kobe Bryant's shocking comments about race and Trayvon Martin may have lost him a bunch of respect from the public. 

During the April 4th issue of The New Yorker Bryant had some interesting thoughts on the events surrounding the Trayvon Martin case, a case that is still very fresh in the hearts of many. In the interview not only did he give his opinion, he also criticizes Lebron James & the Miami Heat team for their now infamous photograph wearing hoodies. 

"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."

On one hand, I totally agree that you shouldn't be quick to defend someone simply based off their race I think Kobe doesn't realize many were quick to defend him based off the fact that he was a stellar basketball player. Had he been a terrible athlete do you think his dealings with that young white girl would have been swept away so quickly? Not hardly. I believe where Kobe messed up is what he thought people were defending Trayvon for. Were we defending him because he was a black kid gunned down by a non-black man? No. We, and thousands of people across the nation of all different races, defended him because he was killed wrongfully. If Kobe was going to speak on the subject, he should have separated the two examples. Otherwise he's saying we only rocked with Trayvon because he was a little black kid. It wasn't about black and white. It was about what was right and who was wrong. Several supporters of Trayvon's movement were NOT black. Now, was Trayvon followed and executed because he was black? Absolutely. But is that why we stood behind him? No. We stood behind him because justice needed to be served. 

Fact is, Kobe has been silver-spooned all his life and I'm sure, as a kid who went straight from high school to the NBA, he hasn't had to deal with enough racism to determine whether or not society has indeed progressed. His star status alone has sheltered him from what other black athletes would have to deal with, both in life and in the media. Kobe is a black man with white privilege and is embracing it, and rightfully so. I know I would too. But in that case, certain things should be off limits for him to talk about -- including African American affairs. 

Kobe did take to his Twitter to defend himself though, "Travon Martin was wronged THATS my opinion and thats what I believe the FACTS showed. The system did not work #myopinion" ... I stopped reading when he spelled TRAYVON wrong.  

Kobe and the Lakers are having a terrible few years and Kobe, as he remains on the injury list, is slowly dwindling as a fan favorite. It may be time to hang it up and retire like he intended to do years ago. At least leave on a high note.

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Comment by V on March 28, 2014 at 10:42am
I never could stand Kobe's aardvark looking azz and his comments on the SENSELESS murder of Trayvon Martin just add to my disdain for him. Aside from his skills on the court, there's not much that's really likeable about this dude. He won't defend black people just cuz he too is black...says the accused rapist, slore known for sticking his d--- in everything he can. Ok, granted: not every crime involving us should be defended or supported or whatever: but at the same time we need to know when to take a stand--or when to shut the F up. And out of respect for Trayvon's memory & his family, Kobe should've kept these obnoxious comments to himself.
Comment by mese on March 28, 2014 at 11:38am
Wow who asked for you're close minded opinons anyway kobe?! He shoudve kept his mouth shut. He needs to be worried about why his lakers suck!!
Comment by C.J. on March 28, 2014 at 11:51am

Ya'll knew he has been discounted from blacks for years. Now that his career his done he is showing his a$$

Comment by MsPretty92 on March 28, 2014 at 12:00pm
Exactly @Mese he worried about the wrong things right now.
Comment by MsPretty92 on March 28, 2014 at 12:02pm
And he better keep my man Lebron name out his mouth or I will knock him out myself lol
Comment by DJ - A.K.A - DON_JUAN on March 28, 2014 at 12:25pm

smh

Comment by Just J on March 28, 2014 at 1:49pm

Apparently he did not understand the FACTS as to why we stood behind Trayvon!  His skin colour may have played a role for so many people, but, in actuality, most people stood behind him because what happened to him was wrong!  Maybe he should not be worried about these types of things.

And I definitely agree that people stood behind him because he was a super star athlete in those allegations, must he not forget! or maybe, we should take the facts on that case and realize that people only supported him because he was a superstar...whatever, just go nurse that knee or Achilles or whatever is hurt back to health

Comment by Just J on March 28, 2014 at 1:54pm

@Felisha

What does the race of his wife have to do with this discussion. Im not sure what group of black people you're referring to, but who he chose to love and marry is the least of my worries!  

Just because you're a leading scorer two seasons ago does not mean you should jeopardize your health in the long run to appease the liking of fans who could care less about you unless you are dribbling a basketball.  There is life beyond basketball!

Comment by Eleven8 on March 28, 2014 at 1:59pm

@Felisha, i don't remember any black person saying they don't like Kobe based on him marrying a non-black woman. Black people like him and Vanessa so this is the first time i've ever heard that argument lol

And I said Kobe needs to retire because that was what he was considering doing anyway. Before signing his contract extension Kobe was ready to go, and he's still ready to. He's said it before...and the Lakers being a s*** team since the Mavericks swept them in the playoffs in 2011 is all the more reason for him to do what he's been trying to do anyway. 

Comment by TheLadyJosephine on March 28, 2014 at 3:20pm

Yet when the lynch mob came for his azz in Denver...oh never mind.

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