Kobe Bryant Incurs Wrath of the Left Over His Comments on Trayvon Martin Case
Discussing the divisive Trayvon Martin case in an interview with
The New Yorker, NBA star Kobe Bryant said he doesn’t support defending
someone just because they are black.
He appeared to be referring to the aftermath of the shooting death of
Martin. Many people and political commentators seemingly rushed to
assume George Zimmerman was guilty of murder before a trial ever
occurred. One of the topics discussed was how members of the Miami Heat
wore hoodies in Martin’s memory two years ago.
“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m
an African-American. That argument doesn’t make any sense to me,”
Bryant said. “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.”
Notice that he didn’t give his opinion on whether he believes
Zimmerman is guilty. It was more of a cultural observation. He pointed
out that he likes to wait for all the facts before forming an opinion.
Still, his comments were enough to incur the wrath of the left — even though he clarified in a later tweet
that he believes Martin was “wronged” and the “system did not work.”
That was an opinion he says he came to after listening to the facts of
Take a look at some of the outrage his comments generated via Mediaite:
I'm hoping that Kobe didn't know anything
about the Trayvon Martin case. People didn't support Trayvon solely
because he was black.
I’m annoyed (not surprised) by Kobe’s
stance on Trayvon. We support Martin b/c his race predetermined his
fate. Not simply b/c he was black.
Jemele Hill ✔
My issue is that Kobe reduces the Trayvon Martin outrage to blind racial solidarity, when it was about so much more than that.
on Mar. 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM