UPDATE March 27, 2014, 2:01 P.M. ET:
In the midst of a social media storm caused by his controversial comments on widespread Black support for Trayvon Martin, Kobe Bryant responds with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his Instagram page:
Bryant also took to Twitter to show support for Trayvon Martin, tweeting, “Travon Martin was wronged THATS my opinion and thats what I believe the FACTS showed. The system did not work #myopinion #tweetURthoughts
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 27, 2014
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In the March 31 issue of the New Yorker, Kobe Bryant discussed life, race and the inevitable conclusion of his illustrious basketball career with Ben McGrath. Perhaps most shocking is Bryant’s assertion that wide-spread support for Trayvon Martin was premature and he refused to show support for the slain teen simply because he’s African American.
According to Colorlines, when McGrath asked Bryant’s opinion on the Miami Heat’s show of solidarity with Martin in the now iconic “Hoodie” photo, the 35-year-old L.A. Laker said that such a move showed lack of “progress”: