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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


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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”:

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.”

The profile also quotes former NFL running back Jim Brown, who previously said, “[Kobe] is somewhat confused about culture, because he was brought up in another country.”


Bryant tweeted the following in response: “A ‘Global’ African American is an inferior shade to ‘American’ African American?? #hmmm. that doesn’t sound very #Mandela or #DrKing sir.”

Read more at Colorlines.

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  1. D. Taylor on said:

    Koby comments should not get none of your draws and panties twisted. He is a produce of what happens when a 17 year old barely makes it through high school to the NBA without going on to college. Money and fame can’t hide lack of knowledge.

    • IanRousseault on said:

      Sorry D. Taylor, You are sooooo wrong about Mr. Bryant, he is very educated and well traveled and extremely successful, therefore making him quite knowledgeable about life and a variety of issues!!!!!! And he did not go to College, but he has been to the College of Life and Success!

      • All the things you mentioned mean nothing without life experience. Obviously, Kobe has money and education but not life experience to understand what happened to Trayvon Martin. He is entitled to his own opinion but if he can’t be intelligent with it he needs to not say anything. Michael Jordan would have never made a stupid statement like that. Sometimes it’s just better to not say anything.

      • IanRousseault on said:

        Nope! Wrong again Lele, Mr. Bryant has had a ton of life experiences, this Man has traveled all over the world, experiencing many different cultures and languages therefore giving him life experiences YOU couldn’t possibly comprehend!!!! Just because he doesn’t have the downtrodden, inner city, thugged out, ghetto, poor life experience, doesn’t mean a damn thing. Who would want to experience that BS anyway????? His life is ‘very rich’ in MANY ways!

  2. Honestly on said:

    These feces smelling cave n!@@ers agree with house negro kobe, because he is parroting what they believe. These hypocritical and lying neanderthal apes poisoned the world with their blind allegiance of hate. Reverend Wright spoke the truth “GOD Damn america”!

  3. Jiggy5 on said:

    Aaron, what exactly is the “Black Perspective”? Call anyone that doesn’t agree with the warped logic of group think names like KKK, Troll, M’o Fo, and worse? What I have not seen is FACTS that back up your opinion. FACTS. Not, “Kobe is an Uncle. Tom ” crap. You can’t and you won’t, because the “Black Perspective” Conveniently ignores facts that flatly prove your stance wrong. So what are you left with? Name calling and “ignore anyone with alternative views”. You don’t want intelligent discussion, you want group think, as long as everybody thinks the same way.
    You can ignore me and ignore the truth, but you will never advance yourself or those around you.
    Don’t Holla’, just think about it.

  4. americanize. on said:

    To my BLACK AMERICA WEB brothers an sisters.I know its hard but we have to ignore,uninteligent,white folk that comes on BLACK sites.

  5. Daniel Asamota on said:

    kobaby bryant needs to shut the fuck up! This selfish sonofabitch can’t stand for no one else to have attention except him! He’s an arrogant jerk! Hopefully the LAPD will eventually blow him away coz’ they’re waiting for the opportunity to do so!

      • Rick on said:

        Tammy these wimps are the same folks but with different alias. They get a few bucks from conservative sites to comment on these boards,,..They try to filter and hide their ip but still it comes back to the same person. They post the same comments on The Grio too.

        BAW won’t delete them due to the fact they make a few bucks off them as well.

  6. Tammy on said:

    What else is new? we ALWAYS had negros like this from slavery days to now. These types of blacks only get concern when “trouble”hits their back yard and then they want “black support” from the same blacks they trashed. But then again, Kobe does not deal with blacks or marry blacks. Foxnews love him.

    • iann11 on said:

      Tammy All black people are not going to agree with each other on every situation concerning the black community. Just like all other races do not agree with each other on all issues. If you were an EDUCATED woman, you would know this. But I digress!

  7. Obviously Kobe didn’t check the facts before making his statement. The support was and still is for Trayvon because he was an unarmed teenager killed for no reason by a coward. The same for Jordan Davis and so many of our young black men senselessly killed.

  8. Black America web really needs to add a filter to its message boards its allowing Trolls such as Jiggy 5 and ian 11 to turn real discussions into a mockery of the Black perspective. These two characters are clearly not Black and spend far to much time on this site.

    • Tammy on said:

      Also, for those two to CLAIM they care nothing about race, those two are often the first two in the discussion. I think they are KKK members (and KKK members and people like them love folks like Kobe because Kobe does their dirty work for them).

    • iann11 on said:

      Aaron, you have no idea what the black perspective is. The only one making a mockery of it is you and the rest of the ignorant backward thinking people of color who refuse to let go of OLD racial issues and ideas, and refuse to live in the year 2014 and therefore will be left behind holding an empty bag, wondering what in the F___ happened to me and my life!!!!!

  9. Jiggy5 on said:

    Maybe my definition of an innocent child is skewed. If your opinion of an innocent child is a 17 y/o, high on weed, on a trip to get ingredients for a cough syrup/alcohol concoction, on an extended expulsion from school (not his first), refers to himself as #NoLimitNigga, has a father that is/was a gang member, left his wife, living with another woman, and gets a third pregnant, etc…
    If that is your perception of an innocent child, then I apologize and offer my sympathies for the life you live.

    • Tammy on said:

      I DO NOT care if Trayvon was an innocent kid or not; the BOTTOM LINE is that he was UNARMED and he was wrongly killed. END of story.

      • Jiggy5 on said:

        End of story only if you choose to ignore facts with conflict with your opinion. True, Trayvon was unarmed, in that he did not have a gun or knife. Fact: he was slamming George’s head against the concrete and raining punches MMA style. Consistent with eyewitness testimony, expert medical witness, and documented wounds on George. You do NOT have to be armed to have the potential to assault or kill someone. If someone was slamming you into concrete, would you fear for your life?
        Give me FACTS that indicate otherwise. You can’t. You only spew vulgar insults. Incapable of an intelligent debate.

    • Daniel Asamota on said:

      This ignorant sob kobi isn’t a victim of culture; he’s just a selfish and ignorant sonofabitch.He didn’t have all this smart shit to say when he was going up on rape charges! He wanted our total and complete support and unfortunately he got it! But this bastard needed to go to jail for a long time coz’ look how he repays us! A kid has been murdered in cold blood and he picks this time to be ‘reflective’! His problem with it is that it had nothing to do with him, his basketball glory, making him any money! To all of us, let’s show kobi how much we appreciate him by not buying his number, not buying tickets for the games and isolating this sob so he knows he won’t have to worry about jumping on the ‘black’ bandwagon again coz’ WE’RE KICKING HIS SORRY ASS OFF!!!!And Tom Joyner, hire a moderator to keep this kkk scum off our boards!

  10. Honestly on said:

    Kobe is a house negro, just like supreme out house negro clarence thomas. These benighted fools should accept the fact that these neanderthal apes will never love them. These pasty face baboons should be more concerned with white on white crime and their own dysfunction. The players for the Miami Heat stood up for an innocent child that was minding his own business before being murdered. May GOD Bless them for doing what was just.

    • iann11 on said:

      Honestly, Honestly you are an ignorant FIELD NEGRO!!!!!!!! So sit down and shut the hell up! Nobody wants to hear this backward drivel that you’re speaking, rather stupidly. Close your mouth and STOP embarrassing yourself! LMFAO!!!! SMDH!!!!!

    • Jiggy5 on said:

      Stop your idiocy, Trayvon was the farthest thing from an innocent child. Look at the facts objectively and be a grown azz adult. I won’t detail the facts here, because you’ve obviously already chosen to ignore them, but suffice to say, a Facebook username of #NoLimitNigga is no damm innocent child. Read and understand some of his posts, those hare his own words and thoughts.
      Innocent child? Damm you Honestly sicken me.

  11. Jiggy5 on said:

    Georgie was innocent and it was proven in a court of law. If you still want to spew racist anger, direct it at the hood azz train wreck of a “star witness” Racheal Jeantel. She single handedly lost the trial for the prosecution.
    Holla’ at the Scholar

      • Jiggy5 on said:

        Again, no intelligent response. Provide me with one example of how Rachael help the Martin case. I’ll give you one to the contrary. She was caught in multiple lies in her deposition and on the stand. Jurors then dismissed most of her testimony, at least the part they could understand between her incoherent mumbles. FACTS

      • retired on said:

        Jiggy5, after reading all of your discussing postings, I decide to look you up! You are listed as a sex offender in your state! You should not be allowed to post as a molester!

  12. Walker on said:

    Jim brown is right…kobi is so disconnected to black people and the cultiure. He was not an “international african american…..he was one black kid in japan. I doubt if he was emersed in his culture while there. He is a total sell out. People unified over his rape charge….he snitched on shaq….a bitch move and behavior !!!

    • iann11 on said:

      Who gives a damn what Jim Brown thinks or says???? Kobe Bryant is not a sell out, whatever that’s suppose to mean. He has black parents, he has a black family, so HOW in the hell could he not be immersed in black culture???? That statement makes no sense at all. Jim Brown is just a bitter ass human being for whatever reason, I really don’t give a damn. Instead of him giving support to a younger successful black athlete, he talks s___ about him not being black enough, which is bulls___! Just trying to take him down. Kobe Bryant is the ideal Black Man, one who is Educated, Successful, Wealthy, Well Traveled and is a Hard Competitor in his field!!!! Jim Brown has no success at all, who really cares what he has to say at all. Jim Brown is just a bitter Uneducated, Inner City wannabe Thug!!!!! And everyone knows this!

      • Tammy on said:

        KOBE IS A SELL OUT and a TRUE UNCLE TOM. These types of negros say this kind of stupid stuff UNTIL they FALL. When Kobe was accused of raping that white girl, old Kobe started quoting black leaders.

      • iann11 on said:

        You are TRULY a DUMB woman, how is it that Kobe is a sell out??? Because he wants a better life, a life that doesn’t include the inner city life, which brings NOTHING but high uneducation, rap music, bad food, drugs, stupidity, laziness, strife etc, etc. Thank God he and a lot of other black folk are considered being a sell out. I wear that title with PRIDE!!!!!

      • Tammy on said:

        And the same thing you iann11 are saying about JIm Brown, others can say about Kobe Bryant. SO who care what Kobe thinks.

  13. americanize. on said:

    Iam not surprise by kobes statement.Unfortunatly we have negroes like him though all walks of life,rich negroes,poor negroes,educated negroes,etc.All I can say about kobe is he,s good on the court,but of the court,aint shit.

    • iann11 on said:

      Please, Kobe Bryant is an outstanding young man and athlete. He’s Highly educated and obviously has a mind of his own. I applaud what he had to say on this issue. Why would you support someone just because their race is the same as yours? That’s Stupid. Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong! Regardless!!!!!

      • You do realize Kobe only has a high school diploma right?

        Btw I see you added another alias to your list huh??

      • iann11 on said:

        DEVILS??? REALLY???? You Dummy, you sound like a follower of that dip shit Louis Farrakhan and Elijah Muhummad! It’s 2014 get your own life DUMMY!

  14. pac4me on said:

    By the time the real story about Trayvon came out in the news (weeks after his death) – nobody was stereotyping what happened to this young man – Kobe stated he “didn’t react because he was supposed to” – well let’s just hope & pray that nothing violent happens to some innocent “African-American” person that he loves!

    • iann11 on said:

      He seems to be a Highly, Intelligent, Well Traveled, Rich young man. I agree with him 100%. Why would anyone ever support someone because they’re the same race, regardless of the situation???? That kind of thinking is Sad, Uniformed and just downright Stupid. When you have your education it allows you to make rational, real, informed decisions. Maybe one day the majority of the population will realize that!!!!!!!

      • newme on said:

        Kobe wasn’t thinking about any of this when he not only looked to the same African-American community, and had the nerve to quote Dr. King then, when his rusty, arrogant, cheating behind was accused of raping that white girl in Colorado, and having to address those accusations and infidelity all while sitting next to his wife before a group of reporters. I wonder if he remembered how it felt to have to have to turn himself in to the police, have his mugshot taken, and being fingerprinted? I wonder if he still remembers the fat check he had to write in order to make his accuser go away? I guess with all of his ‘intelligence,’ his ‘well traveled’ status, and his ‘wealth,’ he conveniently forgot about all that. He claimed that the sex was consensual, but I guess he didn’t anticipate everyone ‘jumping the gun’ and accusing him of rape before the facts came out, did he? He should take some of his wealth and buy himself a memory and see if he still agrees with these stupid statements made about Trayvon.

      • iann11 on said:

        I’m sure Mr. Bryant has put that unfortunate situation behind him and is now living his life as never before. I stand with this Man on his statements about the Trayvon Martin case. You cannot under any circumstance blindly support anyone without knowing the facts first, that’s all this Highly Intelligent, Well Traveled, Wealthy, Successful Man was saying!

      • iann11 on said:

        YES! And this Man with only a High School Diploma has lead a life that must people will NEVER, EVER come close to living. YES! This Man with only a High School Diploma has experienced a life abroad that most people will ONLY dream about. YES! This Man with only a High School Diploma has made and will continue to make money that most people can’t even DREAM about making. YES! This Man has an Intelligence that most people his age and race will never understand!!!! YES! For a Man with only a High School Diploma has a life that most people will never and cannot comprehend!!!!!

      • retired on said:

        IANN11, You are listed as a sex offender! Didn’t have to go back to school to find this information! GOOD DAY NASTY!

      • iann11 on said:

        Retired, LMFAO!!! So I see you are also a LIAR. Since you cannot utter a cohesive conversation from your mouth, you have to spew LIES about people.(sex offender) REALLY????? You so funny!

      • Tammy on said:

        Oh please, if someone from your race is done wrong, YES, you should take it more to heart because it can happen to you. Put the “political correctness” BS aside. This is no different than if your something happen to your family member compare to a stranger. You will take the issue of wrongdoing more to heart than if it was a stranger (it is not that you do not care about the stranger but you are going to be more upset. That is life). An you iann11 can act like race does not matter if you want to act on this board but it is clearly race is an issue for you since you always have a comment to say about this issue. You are NOT fooling no one.

      • iann11 on said:

        Look you STUPID, BACKWARDS, woman, I make comments about race because of backward thinking people like you, who in the year 2014 will not get over race and live your life as a human being and let go of all of this DUMBASS race baiting crap!!!! Just live the life the good lord gave you and try to find some REAL JOY in your life and STOP letting people and stupid race issues rob you from having the best life possible. Life isn’t meant to be lived like that! Life is a Wonderful Gift from above. Try living like it is!!!!!!!

  15. How insulting and appalling for Kolby to think we would come to defense of a young man that was gun downed because he was stereotyped and thought to be a threat with no weapon because he was black. The only reason they didn’t put your azz under jail when you decided to do the white jump off because you paid millions for your lack of judgment and intelligence. We are definitely more intelligent then you Kolby will ever be. What is right is right…what is wrong is wrong whether you are white or black….stupid azz.

    • iann11 on said:

      PAB, the only DUMBASS is you! First Ghetto Boy, his name is spelled Kobe not Kolby. Don’t make comments about things you Clearly no absolutely nothing about!!!! Stay in your Ghetto Hood and drink your 40oz all day long will you. You will never ever be a rich, educated, talented MAN such as Kobe BRYANT!!!!!! SMDH!!!!!

      • OH…HOOD RAT…with your RANT. I don’t give a damn if it’s Kolby, Koby…dickhead…whatever. Your ghetto azz need to get an education. Kolby being rich has nothing to do with his statement. I don’t give a damn about his material things. Money can’t buy you intelligence or character with your dumb azz. I can make a comment because I’m intelligent enough to do so. Now in your case all you know is to speak profanity with your ghetto azz. Can’t have an intelligent conversation with words that actually mean something. So get your PUNK azz a life. Hiding behind the keyboard spewing your hate and hating on people making comments..child pleaze!!!!!!

      • iann11 on said:

        Like I said earlier, Sit your Ghetto Dumb Ass down and close your Unintelligent, Uninformed, Unnecessary ass down!!!

      • Hmmmm last time I checked the word “ghetto” was referred to the slums in Germany where the poor uneducated “white” people reside.

      • iann11 on said:

        WTF???? Are you kidding me???? Mark, please sit down and have several seats!!!!!!

    • iann11 on said:

      No he doesn’t need college courses to learn what you want him to learn. He is a college graduate and a multi-millionaire. And I support him because he makes a lot of sense in his thinking. No you don’t support someone just because of their skin color, what king of Bullshiggerdy is that. Pamela it’s you who needs the education my friend!!!! SMDH!!!

      • Louise Ford on said:

        No, its you and Kobe who need to be educated. I don’t think The Miami heat was supporting T. Martin because he is black. I believe it was because he was murder and the on who murdered him, got away with it.

  16. Its a shame that Mr Bryant feels that african americans jump on the band wagon and support someone because of skin color If that was true we all would support him which we dont we all see that he is lame !

  17. iann11 on said:

    Kobe Bryant is so on point. I agree with him, intelligent people do weigh the facts of any situation and then react. What a very intelligent Man!!!!

    • sosickofyou on said:

      He wasn’t on point when he RAPED that white girl then lied about! He needs to relocate back to Japan were his culture resign.

      • iann11 on said:

        And you need to go back to school right away and get educated! LMFAO!!! You sound like an uneducated, hood rat, inner city, idiot!!!!!!

      • Tammy on said:

        And you iann11 sound like some KKK hood wearing, sleeping with your cousin, trailer park trash, uneducated idoit.

  18. Raleigh Delesbore on said:

    I really use to follow this guy’s career. Now I was looking at his talents as an NBA player, and not his intellect. Black people will always be wandering in the desert.

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