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Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Agree With Miami Heat’s Support For Trayvon Martin: BYE, Kobe.

Let me start this off by saying that I am completely biased, and I recognize and embrace said bias.

1. The case of Trayvon Martin hit me, and it hit me hard.  I’m very much so emotionally invested in all of that.

2.  I don’t like Kobe.  Like, as a person. So there’s that.

So yeah, it doesn’t take much for me to further dislike him, but this right here?

Ben McGrath did a profile on Kobe for the March 31st edition of The New Yorker.  McGrath specifically asked Kobe how he felt about LeBron James posting the picture of the Miami Heat supporting the Trayvon Martin cause with their hoodies on.

This is what Kobe had to say about it (via News One):

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.”

FIRST of all, NOBODY is asking you to react to anything JUST because you’re African American.  What you SHOULD do, however, is react if something is unjust.  OR, choose not to react, but use a different argument than this string of garbage that is printed above.

The FACT of the matter is that a grown man got out of a car, after being told not to, and murdered a kid…and yes, it was because Trayvon was black and Zimmerman felt like he shouldn’t be in his neighborhood.  Trayvon Martin wasn’t carrying a gun or ANY weapon.

NOBODY is saying that blacks should “automatically” come to the defense of someone simply because they are black.  That’s foolish. But don’t be the dummy who ignores when race IS an issue.  Also, it was more than just blacks across this nation that was behind getting justice for Trayvon Martin.

What a jerk.

In conclusion, I’m not here for Kobe Bryant.

UPDATE: March 27, 2014 3:00pm

So this happened:

Well well well.  What do we have here?  Could it be a bit of crisis management after getting dragged via social media all day for his comments in The New Yorker?

Methinks that is what is happening right now.

I went a took a peek at some of the reactions to this tweet tho and…DAMN!

OUCH.

WHEW!

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