Skip to comments.Five Disturbing Observations About Kobe Bryant.
Posted on 04/01/2014 1:33:17 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Like the rest of the world, I was stunned to hear Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant argue that it was somehow an unecessary burden for a black man to stand in support of the late Trayvon Martin. If anything, the Trayvon Martin case brought black people together in ways that we havent seen since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The case was clear cut: Trayvon had no weapon. He wasnt bothering anybody. He was stalked out and murdered for appearing to look like a thug. George Zimmerman is a free man and later showed that he is every bit as violent as the world believed him to be. Case closed.
Even NBA athletes, many of whom have been intimidated to sleep by a world that has become obsessed with empty materialism, stood in unity with Trayvon. The biggest stars in the league, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, gave touching tributes to the young teen who didnt deserve to die. Their leadership helped to inspire a nation, and I applaud them for it.
But Kobe Bryant is a bit different. He wants to be a replica of Michael Jordan, the man he could never quite match up to on the court. He Kobe Bryant inherited nearly all of Jordans personality traits, both good and bad, as if hed been studying him since he was a child. Unlike LeBron James, whos been able to win championships without becoming a clone of someone else, Kobe has become every bit as aloof, as disrespectful, as robotic, as simple-minded, as disconnected as the original Air Jordan himself.
This makes me sad, since Kobe Bryant could have been so much more than the empty, unhappy man he is today.
Here are five disturbing realizations about Kobe Bryant that we should keep in mind. It might help put his sloppy words about Trayvon Martin into their proper context:
1) He, quite frankly, appears to be a selfish a**hole: I wont even go into the oddities of Kobes sexual assault case many years ago, where he was revealed to be the married man having unprotected sex with a woman hed met an hour earlier just a few years after Magic Johnson announced that he had HIV. If sleeping with random women unprotected and risking your wifes health isnt the root of selfishness, I dont know what is.
We can also talk about the way Kobe Bryants spent his career jacking up ill-advised shots and attacking his teammates in public. Ive always loved Kobes game when hes playing well, but Ive never wanted to meet him. Kobe is like the 14th century astronomers who thought that the sun revolved around the earth. But instead, Kobe believes that the universe revolves about himself and wont hear anything different.
2) Hes one-dimensional: For LeBron James, life appears to be a mixture of possibilities, with as much meaning to be found off the court as on it. Dwyane Wade is every bit as committed to fatherhood as he is to dribbling and shooting. For Kobe, there is nothing but basketball, basketball, basketball and more basketball. He drives his teammates insane with his win or die mentality, and it probably makes him very difficult to play with. While this might be what it takes for him to win NBA titles, it can also make you into a horrible person. Once again, I ask you to take a look at Michael Jordans hurtful, nasty Hall of Fame speech as a great case-in-point.
3) Hes arrogant: Kobes confidence has served him well throughout the years, helping him rise to some of the most significant achievements in his sport. But arrogance can also rob you of your ability to empathize with others. Kobes decision to engage in ad hoc social commentary on an issue so important to so many people is reflective of a man who simply doesnt give a damn. I was hurt by Kobe Bryants remarks, since its sad to see one of our most prominent black men have more commitment to making McDonalds commercials than he has to saving the lives of young black men like himself. Kobe could have just said, no comment.
4) Hes materialistic: If a corporation were to pay Kobe to say something, hed say it without hesitation. Men like Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan would buckdance for chicken if there is enough money involved. But the mere idea that standing up for your community is the right thing to do seems to escape them, like trying to teach a ballerina to shoot an AK-47. Maybe black people just arent as profitable as the white ones.
5) Hes disconnected: Jim Brown made compelling points about Kobes lack of connection to the black community during a recent interview on the Arsenio Hall Show. Brown, like Muhammad Ali, is one of the greatest athletes of all time (as good or better than Kobe Bryant himself), and it wasnt just because he dominated men on the field. Brown is one of the greatest because he understood the importance of using his power to elevate the circumstances of the community that had given him so much. Kobes inability to commit himself to something greater than himself makes him an extraordinary athlete, but a pathetic human being.
I hope that Kobe Bryant retracts his statements and keeps his social commentary to himself. Its ironic that a man who begged for sympathy after cheating on his wife with no protection cant provide a lick of understanding for an unarmed teenager who had his future stolen by a deranged, racist, vigilante. People didnt support Trayvon just because he was black. They supported him because it was the right thing to do.
I also find it ironic that a man like Bryant will remain completely silent when it comes to speaking up for black America, but becomes bold and vocal when given an incentive to trash us. Sitting on the bench in the fight for racial justice is bad enough, but its even worse when you work with our enemies to deliberately sabotage progress that is being made. This turns us into Django and turns Kobe Bryant into Samuel L. Jacksons character, who got shot in his a** at the end of the movie. Its a myth to believe that a racist has to be white there are black racists all around us.
Kobe Bryant, grow up brother, its not always about you. This one is about the black community.
Strong in this one the crack is.
BARF what a load of crap
Negro spat for attempted exit of the plantation.
Again, it’s all about the color of skin.
“This one is about the black community.”
What about it?
It always is with the race pimps.
I just posted a lengthy comment on the “Dr.’s” website. I used my real name. It’s gonna get the natives going...
Man, I have never heard anything quite so succinct AND wrong.
Can they point to even one George Zimmerman conviction for anything beyond speeding? I thought arrests don’t equal convictions, or is that just for their group? BTW, George is blacker than Mr. Obama, not that that should matter in any way.
This was my comment on the site:
Ive read some utter falsehood crap drivel in my time, but this about takes the cake.
Bryant merely took the honorable position that character is what matters, NOT color. The inferior fraud who wrote this garbage article is as mentally and morally depraved as Trayvon Martin, Benjamin Crump, Al Sharpton, and the rest of the race-hustling liars involved.
Trayvon would be alive if not for the politically-correct school police policy of suspending black criminals and covering up their felonies(such as the burglary Trayvon was involved in) instead of sending them to jail, in order to falsely reduce the statistical disparity with white kids who commit far less offenses. Freedom of Information Act research revealed that is exactly what happened. The Miami-Dade school police and administration didnt want the numbers to look even worse, so they merely suspended the violent criminal thug Trayvon instead of charging him with vandalism, assault, battery, burglary, etc. Then Trayvon stalked and almost murdered Zimmerman for daring to interrupt his casing of his next burglary target.
The police were called to the Retreat at Twin Lakes over 400 times in the 13 months leading up to the night Zimmerman interrupted Trayvon, and the community was under seige from YOUNG BLACK CRIMINALS.
Zimmerman is innocent, and has also been completely exonerated despite the ensuing hysterics and lies of female shrews in domestic situations afterward. He saved a family from a burning, overturned vehicle.
The hysterics and lies of the Dr. who wrote this pile of crap article should be assigned the same status as those of Zimmermans other screeching shrew accusers.
The overseers be mad about this one.
I find it curious that the article is attributed to “staff writers” yet conspicuously and frequently peppers the narrative with “I, me, etc.”
What’s the matter “The Black Man?” Are you afraid to put your racist spew down under your own name(s)? Journalistic cowardism that hides the true face of duplicitous black racism.
No, this article came from the pen of Dr. Boyce Watkins. Look at the bottom of the column.
The black community is hampered by their lack of differing political viewpoints. If you’re not on the liberal plantation then you’re not a real black man is in essence what this so called, self proclaimed “scholar” is saying. Shame on Kobe for not following the herd mentality. He’s thinking independently and we all know what he’s being called for doing that.
So let me get this straight:
K. Bryant makes a statement that almost mirrors the famous statements of MLK, and for that he is subjected to insults from writers like this?
As a black man, I am so proud to say that I am NOT part of this community or this mindset.
I should also note for the readers that the author of this article (Ms. Snarky) does not necessarily represent the views of the entire black population - just the ones who are allow to write commentary.
The fact that the "murderer" could be classified as black himself (due to having a black great-grandparent) is beside the point. Deep down, the race-baiters were glad for another chance to revive their contemptible careers over the body of another young, black male most likely headed for prison.
Bylines (writers) are usually at the top. However, it was attributed so I was wrong.
The case was clear cut: Trayvon had no weapon. He wasnt bothering anybody. He was stalked out and murdered for appearing to look like a thug. George Zimmerman is a free man and later showed that he is every bit as violent as the world believed him to be.
The writer’s description of Trayvon is the opposite of the young Trayvon’s true nature. The premise is as fake as AlGores climate hoax. The myth of Trayvon is as fake as 0bama’s identity
So, the author thinks black people were brought together to support Trayvon?
Trayvon was attempting murder, murder of a white man. Is that what induced blacks to come together, the failed murder of a white man
I always thought that the short-barreled 9mm was on the light side for self-defense.
Now, maybe not.
I have to wonder, what is the author’s beef with Jordan?
Citing his HOF speech and saying it was ‘evil’, oh jeez, I thought it was one of the funniest I ever heard!
Than again, as a native of Chicago, I do luv my Mikey.
So, lil Tray was harmless and unarmed? Facts don’t matter here it seems. So exhausted of this rewritten story, it’s a bore.
Field Hand: Quittin time! Quittin time!
Big Sam - Field Foreman: Who says its quittin time?
Field Hand: I says its quittin time!
Big Sam - Field Foreman: I’s the foreman. I’s the one who says when its quittin time at Tara. Quittin time!
It's war, is what it is. The writer of the article thinks there's a war on between blacks and whites, and he wants the blacks to have every advantage possible. He wants blacks fearless and whites helpless.
It's that simple.
The truth hurts. Trayvon Martin, Broken family, no guidance, no focus except being druggie and thug (cool in his world), was bad incident looking to happen...Zimmerman, unbalanced, would be law man, with bad flaws and perceptions. That’s it!!! African-American community better get real, Obama has thrown you all under the bus, your leaders are mostly Black racists, and that includes the NAACP & CBC, combined!!!
What’s needed...destruction of teacher unions, family life with mother & father, reduction of out-of-wedlock babies and Black folk assimilation into the general cultur of American life. time become Americans....folks!!! You know....like the Tuskegee Airmen, etc. I can assure you, Sharpton, Obama, Jackson, etc. ain’t ur ticket!!! They are keeping ya all down for political and power reason only!!! They could care less about you!!! Wise up!!!
Racial and ethnic supremacists don’t live in the real world. It’s a case of “How’s it feel to want?” Black Power is one thing but the idea of the supremacy of blacks over any other race is absolutely ridiculous with their record...
Speaking of records, there’s one superior black that I can name and that was Jimi Hendrix, an American-born musician and songwriter. He was superior to all other black guitarists and songwriters while he was alive. That’s MY idea of “Black Supremacy”!
This article is proof you do NOT wander off the plantation. It is disheartening that rational, reasonable, and critical thought will not come from any exchange with the Black Community as a whole. I do believe it’s getting worse.
If racial unrest follows Zimmerman jury decision, blame it on Activist Obama
This is reference to an editorial run in Canada Free Press. The Canadians got it right.! Too bad half of the so called conservatives talk show hosts Ive been listening to cant seem to be willing to connect the dots to what a heavy hand his imperious highness played in this example of socialist justice meted out to serve the policies of the state . Turning this into a show trial replete with wall to wall tv coverage.. Taking some poor guy of mixed race including black doing his job and painting a target on his back to fullfill a socialist agenda.
Until there is a willingness shown to confront and attribute Obama’s heavy hand in dividing this country to serve political purposes. Reports like this as well as killings will continue
He may have gotten a call from the won, Dept. of Just Us or the lizard.
How many women has Jim Brown physically abused compared to Kobe Bryant?
BTW, I’m not a Kobe fan.
Besides a past as a womanizer, Kobe’s actions don’t validate thug life?
“I always thought that the short-barreled 9mm was on the light side for self-defense. Now, maybe not.”
Personally I think anything less than 308 Win is a little light for self defense, but a battle rifle is a little big for CC.
So needs must I guess.
Of course with contact range and the entry point, .22 would have done the job.
He wasn't 'bothering' anybody 10 minutes before he was shot. When Trayvon was shot he was on top of a man beating his head against the concrete.
By the logic of the stupid, Zimmerman was eating a chicken pot pie - so he was totally innocent. What? You didn't know 30 minutes before this went down that George was innocently eating a chicken pot pie? So he wasn't 'guilty' of anything beyond eating a chicken pot pie.
Who would beat a man for eating a chicken pot pie?
Sometimes I wish our side was as stupid as their side... life would be so much easier.
If you will read Watkins bio on wiki you will find that as a fortyish man he has made it his duty to get up each day over the past couple decades and be a professional criticizer rather like his brothers Sharpton and Jesse.
He clearly is making his living on the broad subject of race. Some call this being a race pimp. In his defense somewhat, he did criticize BET calling them analogous to the KuKluxKlan.
Dr. Watkins, are you a LIAR, an indoctrinated FOOL, or both?
This is the first I've heard about it. Now I'll have to look it up, then another hero bites the dust.
Stand Your Ground, Kobe! You can take it!
POS author starts off with a great, big steaming pile of bullcrap ...