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Kobe Bryant under fire for criticizing Lebron James and Miami Heat for supporting Trayvon Martin...
The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 29, 2014 | James Nye

Posted on 03/29/2014 4:44:35 PM PDT by Uncle Chip

LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant has been heavily criticized after saying that he didn't think he should necessarily have an opinion on Trayvon Martin's shooting just because he is African American.

During an interview for a profile piece in the New Yorker, which will be published on April 4, the 35-year-old said also took the opportunity to pour scorn on Lebron James and the Miami Heat for posting a photo of them wearing hoodies in the aftermath of Martin's death at the hands of George Zimmerman.

Asked about that, Bryant said he took exception to any idea that Africa-Americans should hold opinions based on their race alone.

'I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,' Bryant said.

'That argument doesn't make no 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....

The comments have provoked a huge backlash and debate and led to accusations that Bryant is out of touch with real African-American issues....

Indeed, Bryant, who spent much of his childhood in Italy, where his father was a professional basketball player, has even faced calls for young people to boycott any product he endorses.

Civil rights activist Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic H.O.P.E., called for a boycott of all things Bryant.

'African American youth should no longer buy Bryant’s jerseys or shoes and should boycott all products he endorses,' Ali said in a statement according to Fox News....

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: kobebryant; zimmerman

1 posted on 03/29/2014 4:44:35 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Oh man, Kobe just had his N card pulled.


2 posted on 03/29/2014 4:46:17 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Uncle Chip

How dare he not think what he is told to think !


3 posted on 03/29/2014 4:48:23 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Everything he said sounded perfectly rational. Basically he said, don’t jump to conclusions without knowing the facts. So, of course, he’s the bad guy.


4 posted on 03/29/2014 4:49:32 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Navy Patriot

He’s better off without it.


5 posted on 03/29/2014 4:49:52 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Uncle Chip

Preach it Black Mamba.


6 posted on 03/29/2014 4:51:07 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Uncle Chip

He’s right no matter who he is.


7 posted on 03/29/2014 4:52:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: andyk

Kobe SHOULD be fine. Remember Michael Vick?


8 posted on 03/29/2014 4:52:55 PM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: Navy Patriot

He should play his next NBA game with “white face”.

That’ll really send them off.


9 posted on 03/29/2014 4:54:15 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
If Bryant caves, then to Hell with it.

When the SHTF, blacks better not be playing the race card and getting mad at whites for not helping them with things like food, emergency care, and lodging. Whites are angry because blacks have achieved everything they could possibly achieve and its still not enough. They occupy the highest levels of government power and dominate sports, entertainment, and music. They are a protected race. If a white so much as frowns at a black person, he/she gets charged with hate crimes.

Lincoln should have pulled the Central American option and spared us all this crap.

10 posted on 03/29/2014 5:11:21 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Uncle Chip

I don’t think any Whites would be offended. We don’t get a Whitey race card.


11 posted on 03/29/2014 5:16:11 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Uncle Chip

He still hasn’t walked ten feet in Justice Thomas’s shoes.


12 posted on 03/29/2014 5:34:26 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: Uncle Chip
He should play his next NBA game with “white face”.

That’ll really send them off.

I don't think Kobe or I would live through that game.

13 posted on 03/29/2014 5:49:31 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Two thoughts:

1) Kobe is still a detestable human being. He paid off a woman he raped. He acts like an entitled hebetudinous twit.

2) Nothing has been more divisive to our society than hyphenated Americanism. African-American, Asian-American, queer-American. We’re Americans, regardless of anything else. We have too much separation to be a nation of cohesive people. As a sidebar, this has happened in the church as well, for those who are believers.


14 posted on 03/29/2014 6:03:58 PM PDT by kpbruinfan ("Time, if nothing else, will do its worst so do me a favor and tell me the good news first." - Peart)
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To: andyk
One of my co-workers is black, and he was mocking the Trayvon "defense" mercilessly.

He said, the cries for help coming from Trayvon? C'mon man, you don't cry for help when YOU'RE beating a guy's head into the ground.

He's since quietly told me he's a republican.

Which makes two of us in the office.

But I keep my yapper shut also. The boss is a liberal.

But a very smart guy, who is decent otherwise.

15 posted on 03/29/2014 6:14:36 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: boop

Tell you what, the biggest thing holding black Americans down is other black Americans telling them they’d better tow the party line. Or toe the party line, whichever it is. The peer pressure, the refusal to let any of them make up their own minds about anything.


16 posted on 03/29/2014 6:31:21 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Uncle Chip

Black liberals can’t stand it when a black person dares says what is on their mind that doesn’t fit along with their agenda. How dare Kobe have his own opinion!!


17 posted on 03/29/2014 6:49:14 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Uncle Chip

Good on Kobe. Sounds rational. But, didn’t Kobe also say that Obama was good enough to make this year’s Lakers team?


18 posted on 03/29/2014 7:36:26 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

as what??? a cheerleader???


19 posted on 03/29/2014 8:01:36 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Hmmm....and here I thought Kobe was just another scumbag.

Maybe I need to soften my opinion of him.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 8:03:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Uncle Chip
The Laker Girls would never have him...
21 posted on 03/29/2014 8:07:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Kobe, thanks for saying what should be said.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 8:58:08 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: kpbruinfan
Two thoughts: 1) Kobe is still a detestable human being. He paid off a woman he raped. He acts like an entitled hebetudinous twit.

2) Nothing has been more divisive to our society than hyphenated Americanism. African-American, Asian-American, queer-American. We’re Americans, regardless of anything else. We have too much separation to be a nation of cohesive people. As a sidebar, this has happened in the church as well, for those who are believers.

Third thought - we are all detestable human beings, some of which have atoned to various degrees. Under your position, we can't listen to anyone who makes any kind of sense. Of course, there may be a clan of non-detestable folks hiding out in some churches - I've heard of them but haven't found any who actually fit the bill.

23 posted on 03/30/2014 4:15:34 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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