Kobe Bryant Not Comfortable with Miami Heat’s Trayvon Protest
L.A. Lakers player Kobe Bryant admitted in an interview with The New Yorker that he’s not comfortable with the idea of being compelled to defend someone just because they’re black. His statement was in response to the members of the Miami Heat who wore hoodies in his memory two years ago. Bryant added that he would rather wait for all the facts to come out before passing judgment.
Here’s a passage from Kobe’s interview with the New Yorker.
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, and 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.”
Kobe couldn’t possibly expect any good to come from this statement.