An open letter to Kobe Bryant

Dear Kobe,

Despite your many on court feats and your obvious first ballot hall of fame credentials, I’ve never been much of a fan of yours. I cannot and will not ever question your competitive spirit or your quest to be the best Michael Jordan since Michael Jordan. You’ve succeeded for the most part in actualizing every kids wildest dream of being like Mike (for better and worst) and to that I tip my hat. I’d also like to congratulate you on reaching another milestone Mikestone in your quest to be the greatest clone ever. You finally eclipsed Michael Jeffery Jordan in one of the areas that he was most proficient at as both an NBA player and an  executive–ignoring the plight of your biggest fans and supporters..

Way back in 1990 when MJ was just starting his reign as the best player in the game a black mayor from Charlotte named Harvey Gantt asked Michael Jordan for an endorsement as he challenged the incumbent US Senator and longtime segregationist (and rabidly racist) Jesse Helms. Michael Jordan’s response was “Republicans buy shoes too”. In other words he said “hell no nigga!” He displayed a remarkable level of obtuseness as it pertained to using his celebrity for the greater good of those that helped make him the legend that he remains today.

Fast forward to 2014 and the New Yorker interview where you were asked your thoughts on the homage paid to the memory of Trayvon Martin by the Miami Heat. I could almost hear the silent WWJD (what would Jordan do) self query prefacing your very in-artful and even less conscious retort. Sadly even MJ would have been able to side step that tough but answerable question with much less consternation and controversy. You may not ever get that 6th ring or come close to equaling MJ’s six MVP’s but as far as being an out of touch super star athlete devoid of empathy, you are the all time greatest–MJ ain’t got nothing on you.

Since you seem rather oblivious about the gravity of the situation and your statements regarding it, and you are unable to decipher the facts (a whole two years later) I’m going to be a good sport and break down just how badly you played yourself and damaged your legacy–at least among conscious basketball fans.

Let’s first start with your last statement/tweet as it pertains to this issue.

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

That tweet obviously indicates that you’re not a total moron and you do get the fact that a grave injustice was dealt. Why then was your answer to the question of what you thought about the Heats hoodie gesture the following:

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, just because I’m African-American. That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and as 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, if we’ve progressed as a society, then you don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.” ~ Kobe Bryant

Trayvon Martin was not simply some a black kid. You have/had far more in common with Tracy Martin & Sbryna Fulton’s dearly departed 17 year old son than you care to admit. Trayvon Martin was the same age as you were when you were drafted out of Lower Marion High school in 1996. The fact that some citizen (not cop) racially profiled him before gunning him down at such a tender and time stamped age should be enough for you to at least feel some measure of empathy with those from the Heat that thought it prudent to honor the kid. Then there is the fact that this kid was actually making that run to 7/11 for Skittles and ice tea so he could get back in time to see you break Michael Jordan’s NBA All-Star scoring record which you did in a spectacular 27 point performance. One that Trayvonn tragically missed because he was busy being stalked and murdered by a boy named George. Trayvon’s body remained a John Doe despite having ID and a cellphone with the information of his next of kin readily accessible. They also tested his dead corpse for drugs while at the same time handing his murderer his weapon back– no arrest, no drug test and a seeming ambivalence towards any kind of justice for the victim. The authorities actually treated the suspect as the victim. And to this day the suspect claims to be the victim. Those were the FACTS that the Miami Heat and everyone else in the country were operating off of Mr. Bryant. As a black man that felt the pain of Trayvon’s parents I take great umbrage with your characterization of myself and others efforts, angst and protest as blacks supporting blacks simply because we are black. It’s two years later–what facts are you still waiting to come out?

It’s totally your prerogative to abstain from social movements and working to bring about a more equitable across the board treatment for all people. I mean it would be nice if you were more like LeBron James and some  of the more contentious athletes and entertainers who do make an effort to use their celebrity for the greater good of the community from which they come and more over for which supports them, but you are not automatically expected to take up such causes as you so eloquently stated. While the culture that has helped to elevate you to near GOAT status does not expect your loyalty, to deny that culture your loyalty the way you’ve done says a lot about your level of selfishness .When you first entered the league as a young 17 year old high school graduate you embraced the culture and the culture fully embraced you. Kobe and brandy

From taking Brandy to your prom (when we all know that a dark skin natural woman is nothing close to your style) to rapping on stage in Italian during All-star Saturday with Tyra Banks, (talk about a cornball brother) your carefully crafted image was set in a way that the average Trayvon Martin (then and now) would automatically gravitate towards your likeness and hail you as the greatest player of their generation. They bought your shoes, they made both your #8 and #24 jersey’s top sellers for years. Why would you NOT want to get a kids back like that? Does George Zimmerman wear Kobe’s too or something?

I’ve also noticed that you’ve found a surrogate and unofficial press secretary in Stephen A  Smith (aka Stepin Fetchin). For years he’s served as a Kobe apologist on First Take,  but now I see you got that brother working overtime on your behalf. In the last several months you dispatched that apologetic respectable negro twice to work on operation clean up Kobe’s image. The first was after Jim Brown spoke some harsh truths about you. Some truths that even a non-fan like me took some issue with. I thought that his critique was rather arbitrary and unfair. That was then–today I’m signing that petition to bring Jim back to the show to give a follow up.    Stephen A Smiths face in his second Kobe PR clean up job was enough to tell the viewer that  not even he was totally sold on the message that he was dispatched to publicly co-sign– hence is very dismissive quip of “when I give a damn I will I’ll let you know” referring to the majority black population that he was reminded by Arsenio that would not appreciate his latest Kobe double down. He obviously gave some sort of damn which is why he was jumping through hoops trying to explain the inexplicable.  He goes on to do an even worse job than you did in your original missive by conflating unrelated phenomenons and other partial truths with the original issue which was simply seeking justice for a young black kid who was essentially stalked and gunned down for being a young black kid.

It would behoove you to reach out to the parents of Trayvon Martin to apologize for your less than sensitive and nonsensical comments regarding the death of their son. You should also reach out to the Heat to apologize to them for questioning their gesture and the motives that went into it. You have the right top stand on the sidelines in this battle for full equality and equal treatment under the law. What you don’t have the right to do is to stand on the sideline and take shots at the brave-hearts that are willing to lose a few endorsements in order to bring to fruition a more equitable society.

 

Signed,

An Angry Black man

 

P.S. Make sure you sign that petition to get Jim Brown back on Arsenio Hall to discuss your wayward commentary…

 

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92 comments
  1. Kevin Robinson said:

    Absolute fire!! I have been thinking the same thoughts regarding both Jordan and Kobe. Nice to see you lay it down in such an articulate manner. To be honest, when this topic comes up among my friends, I am often too hyped to remain as composed as you are in this piece.

    Well done!

  2. Charra said:

    Great job Shaka!!!!!!!1

  3. Aljamia Abulqasim said:

    Standing ovation!!! Nailed it on all fronts!!!

  4. Reblogged this on My truths and commented:
    LETTER TO KOBE BRYANT signed BY AN ANGRY BLACK MAN!
    As my Brother SHAKA so eloquently put it….. “You have the right to stand on the sidelines in this battle for full equality and equal treatment under the law. What you don’t have the right to do is to stand on the sideline and take shots at the brave-hearts that are willing to lose a few endorsements in order to bring to fruition a more equitable society.

  5. Tyna said:

    Didn’t know that about MJ…I am glad Kobe attempted to clean his statement up as well! Great blog!

  6. Mekka said:

    You know I’ve always said Mike J. was one of our biggest and worst assets all in one… you are funny!

    • Well our boy Kobe finally found an area where he’s better than MJhttps://shakaberry.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form

  7. Khasha said:

    Well said. .. Bravo!!!!!

  8. Semyya said:

    Shaka, brother, you NAILED this one through the wall. I have NEVER been a fan of MJ or KB for the very reasons you listed above—their DISCONNECTION to the very ones who support them the most. You are absolutely right when you say KB owes the parents of Trayvon Martin AND the Miami Heat a HUGE apology. I sincerely hope he reads this. Thank you for writing this open letter expressing what so many of us are simultaneously thinking and feeling. I won’t hold my breath, though, waiting for EITHER of these wayward “brothers” of ours to DO the right thing by the Black/African/African-American communities. Much love and respect to you!

  9. Khasha said:

    Kobe conveniently forgets all the support he received when he was facing rape charges… #SorrySackOfS**t

  10. AJones said:

    First and foremost, I think it’s about time Black people stop expecting athletes and celebrities to be the torch bearers for social issues. A lot of these guys do not have the desire or aptitude to do so. Most are just random people who have a marketable talent and, they talent they have is not synonymous with critical thinking. Just because a person can run fast, throw a ball hard, shoot a basketball, or make us laugh doesnt necessarily mean they are intelligent visionaries. Personally, I’m more offended by the Congressional Black Caucus’ position on the Trayvon Martin case (none) than Kobe Bryant’s.

    That said, we have to see Kobe Bryant for who he is. He had a privileged upbringing as a kid of a professional athlete, had a two parent household and lived in Italy until he was a teenager. He came to America and he went to a public high school, but it was in upscale suburban Philadelphia community. King of Prussia, Pa population 18,000….0.3% Black. Kobe’s American experience is vastly different from the average Black person’s. It should come as no shock to anyone that his perspective on American social issues, especially those pertaining to the average Black person’s experience, is different.

    Like it or not, fundamentally, Kobe’s statement has some validity. I think his problem is that he’s just not an eloquent guy. His comment makes sense to me, he just couldve expressed a little more sensitivity due to the fact that a young Black kid was killed.

    Kobe: “I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” Bryant 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.”

    We ALL follow the fundamentals of that statement. You, me, and anyone with sense do not defend all Black people all the time, nor do we jump on random bandwagons just because other Black people do. Black people are not required to think alike. Yes, we’ve evolved socially to look past the ‘monkey see monkey do’ mentality.

    Also, to hold Kobe to the standard set by the likes of Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul Jabar, Muhammad Ali, Curt Flood etc is unfair. Those men are true icons of American history and their contributions were monumental and will never be duplicated…by anyone. But if we hold Kobe to task, why not hold Lebron to the same standard? Lebron and his team took a pic with hoodies on…then went back to their gated communities and kept on selling $140 sneakers. Personally, I was insulted by that PR stunt because it was just that….a nonsensical PR stunt that accomplished nothing meaningful. I’m still looking forward to the ‘LeBron James Get Out and Vote’ campaign….or the ‘D Wade Go Serve Jury Duty Movement’…or maybe the ‘Miami Heat Stop Trampling Each Other for These Sneakers’ ads. They can miss us with the bullsh*t photo ops.

    I dont consider myself a Kobe apologist but sort of understand where he’s coming from. And above all, he’s entitled to his opinion. He might be kinda wrong….but he’s kinda right too.

    Peace bruh.

    • I really think you missed the point (and most points for that matter). No one was looking to Kobe for anything. The issue that most people have with him is his taking shots at folks who dared to use their celebrity to wade into a controversial issue.
      Obviously even Kobe does not agree with your assessment of his faux pas hence he felt the need to make follow up statements basically contradicting the dumb ass one that you just co-signed. And of course dispatching SAS to Arsenio to help clarify his comment.

    • Mark Young said:

      But he was asked specifically about Trayvon. His comment would suggest that the Heat or black people in general jump to the defense of every black person killed and we dont nor do the Heat. As the blogger states this case was already worthy of national attention when the Heat waded in. Kobe was either too busy to actually follow the case or too busy trying to look bigger than LBJ to think his comment through before sticking his foot in his mouth!

    • MarkDavid said:

      AJones… OUTSTANDING commentary. You addressed the points extremely well. I completely agree with your assessment. I am sure his PR advisors suggested that he backtrack and “clean up” his comments. After all, Kobe is a brand. BRAVO!!!

    • Vee said:

      I believe most of us could support that if this interview had happened the day of or a week later………. Two years later and this is your response? Thank you, but no thank you!

    • Pat said:

      …somebody said it (and said it all), so guess I don’t have to add anything more

  11. Raymond Caffee said:

    I’m a fan of your work. I try not to judge people I don’t know but Kobe is the last person I want talking for the community. Well wrote and you hit it on the head

  12. misterdrake said:

    Nothing left to say. All that’s missing is a drop of the mic and Jim Brown’s official approval. LOL

  13. jackie said:

    Great job Shaka!!!..I agreed with Jim Brown 100% comment about Kobe. But this letter sums it up..love it!!!

  14. Reggie said:

    Well said!

    I agree with everything you said and after thinking about it I think Kobe is so anti LeBron that he will take any shot he can at Bron and the Heat. He thought he could sound intellectual and take a jab but it’s backfired.

  15. Therese said:

    You hit the nail on the head..Bravo I am tired of people glamourizing these two men that have only contributed to the violence in our community. Imagine for years that MJ’s sneakers are the #1 in sales only behind Kobes yet neither one of them have ever done anything to uplift our communities. People will shoot and kill each other over a pair of Jordan’s but, yet tell me where is Jordan when one of these kids are killed? I am so glad that an angry black man reached out to say what this angry black woman has said and felt for years. Thank you!

    • Joe Yates said:

      Stop buying the shoes! He is entitled to his view! If you think your “support” of him is through buying his shoes! Stop buying his shoes! We as a country talk vigorously about defending freedom of speech, until someone says something that you don’t like, and then you want to strip them of that right!

      • I’ve never bought a single pair of Kobe shoes. This is so not about shoes. And just like Kobe has freedom of expression, so do I buddy–that’s all I’m doing here. I’m not infringing on anyone’s rights.

  16. Weusi said:

    Amen… I KNOW he’ll need the same community he turned his back on someday!

  17. Gi said:

    Great letter…..only point missed was that while he was an accused RAPIST….he did not seem to mind blacks rallying for a cause….Who knows whether he really raped that girl or not….people (many black) stood behind him….and he has the audacity to behave in this fashion….So offensive!

  18. Tera said:

    Great points Shaka! Thank you for spelling it out so eloquently.

  19. Rose said:

    Probably THE best written letter I have read in quite a while!!!! Ant so so so so on point!!!!!!!! Bravo Angry Black Man, BRAVO!!!!!!!

  20. didn’t his black fans stand by him when he was accused of rape?

    • Sure did. I was one of them. I was not even a fan. And it was not because he was black–I simply did not believe the charges.

  21. Kobe is a poor man on most fronts. With MJ as his role model he cannot help but fail where it matters. He as managed quite nicely at doing that. From disrespecting the almost black wife, to screwing little white girls in hotel rooms. A Black man of privilege who doesn’t seem to care that Black kids who look like him are being shot down. He has every right not to care. But being less than a man, there is no excuse..

  22. Suretha Pittman said:

    As a single mom of teenagers…. I have always been a fan of MJ as a ball player but that’s it… my sons are mesmerized by basically the name and I am looking for the works…. I haven’t heard anything about MJ doing anything for the community. I have never been a fan of Kobe’s… I try to encourage my kids to want better for themselves and to stop giving their money to these guys…. thank you for this open letter…. although I am not a Heat fan, I commend them for at least acknowledging these strong parents at the loss of their handsome young man that was stalked and gunned down by that loser Zimmerman. Blessings Angry Black Man

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. And I wish all of our kids would cease making such huge investments in sneaker collections. I did it as a youth and wish I knew then what I knew now.

  23. Tram said:

    Well spoken! I couldn’t have said it better, Trayvon Martin deserved to live, just a young Man on his way home to watch a ballgame, one day justice will be served, there were a lot of broken hearts over that young Mans murder, mine inuded. Where there is injustice for one, it is injustice for all. RIP Trayvon, there is a higher Court of GOD, our Heavenly Father. Be not deceived God is not mocked, whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

  24. Tom said:

    I disagree with using this as a chance to attack MJ, let Kobe take the fire by himself, but good points. Jordan never said anything thing so stupid and horrible as that. All these misguided Lebron haters, SMH. Lebron got your back. Kobe don’t. If I ever get gunned down like Trayvon, could you please make sure they interview Lebron James and not Kobe Bryant. SMH Who is he to say why we did what we did? This fool talking about wait until the facts come out instead of coming to the aid of a kid because he is black. If it wasn’t for us who cared, the facts never would have came out because the investigation was closed.

    • I agree that this has much less to do with MJ than it does about Kobe and his self centeredness. I meant only to use MJ as a frame of reference of what Kobe was modeling both his on court and off the court demeanor on. I may have gotten carried away with the reference but I did make sure to say that even MJ would not have answered that query with so much indifference.

  25. Tom said:

    The undercover Uncle Tom known as Stephen A. Smith talking about we are supposed to do certain things because we are outnumbered in this country. Being out number has nothing to do with it. Right is right and wrong is wrong, it doesn’t matter whether we are out numbered. All that matters is the difference between right and wrong.

    • Yeah, I’m not sure what the heck numbers had to do with anything. He more or less was basically explaining why he acts like such a ‘respectable negro’ with all that tap dancing he did.

  26. Trina said:

    When you run into black men, famous or not, who think or allow his mind to release foolish thoughts; pray for him. Let GOD handle that, because he is better at it then us. Sometimes people have to go back, in order to move forward. Unity we stand, divided we fall. God is a great teacher of life; we are the fools, when we do not listen.

  27. I say this…because of my surroundings of friends and industry co workers I grew to be a fan of his game but remain true to my thoughts and feeling and wasn’t a fan of his personality. The problem with some of “us privileged” folk…we have the well I’m straight mentality, if I can make why you can’t…or I want to fit in corporate amarica syndrome…I’m accepted by white folk so i don’t need your love. In order for us as a people to “win” in this country it would start with the influencers with in our culture. That would help those who are active in this fight…the younger generation follow what they see and theres a disconnect from needed each other spiritually. We are taught to grind for yours, be selfish, and fend for yourself. We lose love for each other and make it a competitive thing amongst one another. I wanted be like Mike, but one day you gotta grow up and realize what has Mike done for you lately?

    • He’s done Absolutely nothing. Other than entertain me on the court MJ has had little effect on me. I am happy however to see that the this generations best in the game is much more astute politically and sociably.

  28. Kamarie said:

    The letter speaks volume regarding the senseless and emotionless notions play upon us in our society. Simply put, Kobe would not had made such an ignorant, profound statement if he could simply relate. From a PR standpoint, if he could not place any amount of empathy in the situation, it was best to stay silent. There is nothing more painful for parent to buried their child. As a superstar athlete, how would his mother felt, if she had to buried him shortly after being drafted in the NBA? How would he expect the NBA to react, especially MJ, if it was Kobe being accidently gunned down for not-so obvious reasons other than being a young black kid in America? Of course, Kobe cannot relate remotely close to that hypothetically scenario, but I certainly commend the Miami Heat for the support and encouragement. Bottom line, the statements were insensitive, shameful and harsh. I hope S. Smith can rectified the damage that was cause from lack of knowledge and empathy. Here is a little PR advice to Stephen Smith, humility is always good to win back the public’s grace.

    • Thank you! And that’s an excellent point about how he’d feel (or his parents) had he been gunned down at that tender age and his idiot MJ was equally dismissive. As for Stephen A Smith humility has never been one of his strong suits.

  29. Tammy LadyBug Thomas said:

    Well said ‘Angry Blackman’! You couldn’t have said it any better!!! It seems that when these brothers have achieved in corporate, entertainment, or professional ball players, they tend to forget where they came from! They don’t feel complete unless they have conquered it all! Take OJ for example, he thought he was accepted by ALL and in the end, he found himself accepted by NONE!

    The Truth is REAL!!

    GREAT posting!!

    • Thank you much! And sadly this guy is worse than OJ because OJ never made overtures to the culture. He was always a pitch man for and to the corporate American cultural construct. Kobe on the other hand marketed himself to Urban America. He owes a greater debt of gratitude than OJ did.

  30. dania said:

    Wow, amazingly well put together, I always had thoses similar thoughts for them both. Incredible, how they can disassociate themselves from their base just to impress another face.

  31. Kelly Winston said:

    This has got to be one of the best, well-written statements towards a sports legend I have ever read!!! Cuddos to you for telling it like it is, piece by pain-staking piece! Excellently written and very articulately drawn out!

  32. J. Iimhotep said:

    LIKE I ALWAYS SAY. U CAN’T BUY A NIGGER, U CAN ALWAYS RENT 1

  33. GHHB said:

    You made some great points in this article. If you stand for nothing then you will fall for anything, which is what Kobe and Jordan have done. It a shame how they’ve benefited greatly from the culture, but won’t stand up for it!

  34. John A. Green said:

    Well said, the closing statement alone would have worked for me.

  35. Marilyn said:

    Absolutely love this.

  36. Ann R. said:

    “Well, if we’ve progressed as a society, then you don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American.”…..

    and yet that is EXACTLY what the African American community did for him when he was accused of rape. You’d think he would pay it forward for the all the Trayvon Martins who look up to him. #hypocrite

  37. Chris said:

    Well written but way off base, try again next time. You reach for connections in this piece, and that’s putting it lightly. Articulate language does by always equate to sensible discourse. Your public damnation of a black man is in no way different than what you percieve Bryant to have done. If you had listened to his explanation of his comments you would see that he himself was being sensible.

    • I actually posted his response to this issue-both his original comment and his back track. If he did not feel that his comments were way off base and out of whack he would not have back tracked nor would he have dispatched Stephen A Smith to clean up his words.

      And my public damnation of him as you put it was not the same as what he did. You obviously don’t understand social protest.

  38. GG said:

    I am amazed at all of this selective outrage. Black people are killing other Black people in this country in record numbers and none of you are talking about this. Aren’t the drug dealers, gangs and other criminals in the Black community the sellouts? In New York State the leading cause of death for Black males 15 -44 is homicide and 85-90 percent of these homicides are committed by other Blacks. So, where is the outrage? Black teens across America are being kill by Black men every day. Where is the outrage? Oh, is it only bad when Blacks are killed by Whites? Those Black mothers, fathers and families feel the same pain when their children are killed regardless of the color of their skin. Where is the support for these parents?

    Also, Blacks from the hood have not cornered the market on the Black experience in America. The Black experience in America is broad. The Black experience in America should not always be defined by prison culture, gangs, homicide, crime, drug dealing, and a lack of interest in education.

    • Not sure where you’re getting any of this from because that’s not at all what this piece was about.

      Perhaps you should learn how to read with the intent of comprehending. Or maybe that’s too much to ask.

    • WereAPEOPLEnotaCOLOR said:

      Exactly this shit is fucking stupid. Zimmerman himself was a “minority” drop this shit… Go look up on google “white trayvon Martin” there are hundreds of stories just like his but the other way around. The media didn’t choose to do them stories….huh? Weird.

      • I Googled “white Trayvon” and I did not come across one story (let alone hundreds) of blacks killing white boys. What I did come across was a bunch of pictures of white boys mocking the murder of Trayvon Martin by laying out on the ground with a pack of skittles and a can of ice tea.You strike me as the type that would do something so foolish and disrespectful.

  39. Lisa J said:

    Outstanding letter Shaka!! I hope it actually makes it to him – and all the other ignorants that need to learn to hold people accountable. I don’t believe that ALL athletes have to be role models, but we should definitely have higher expectations for the ones that our young people worship and support by any means necessary. I would hate if my children idolized anyone without looking at their full character. Adults that buy in blindly are on their own.

    And, kudos to you for how you respond to people clearly trying to change the subject and post their own agenda (like GG – who had no point but clearly just wanted to get their negative thoughts out on the black community).

    • Thank you much Lisa! I’m glad that you enjoyed it and thank you for your kind words.

  40. WereAPEOPLEnotaCOLOR said:

    I would love for the news to start showing the hundreds of innocent white kids getting gunned down by black people every single day. They won’t show them stories will they?! Fucked up

    • Hundreds of white kids getting murdered everyday by black people? lmao! That’s funny.

      How about this. Since we are smack dead in the information age why wait on the media to unearth such a fairy-tale? Why don’t YOU report on the hundreds of white kids that are dying daily at the hands of the blacks.

      I’ll be here waiting…

      • LOL..I concur what city and state are Hundreds of “innocent’ white kids being murdered at? Because if it was such..believe me..The national guard would have been dispatched..

      • Right! I’m waiting for this guy to educate me on that phenomenon.

  41. Tatanisha said:

    Shaka, that was an excellent article!! You hit the nail on the head!!! I totally agree with everything you said! And Stephen A Smith is totally a Stepin Fetchin, lol!

  42. Mike said:

    What does the kids buying his shoes and making his #8 and #24 jerseys the top sellers have anything to do with the topic? People buy his gear because he is a good basketball player. LOL my mom still loved Kobe Bryant after the rape scandal.

  43. sharjohn said:

    I agree with that statement Kobe said don’t just jump on a bandwagon cause it happened to someone black listen to all the fact. I said the same thing when I heard the story.

    • Two things. Kobe made that silly statement two years after all of the facts came out. Secondly he followed up that silly statement with a confirmation that an injustice was served so at the end of the day the people that he claimed were jumping to conclusions were actually ahead of everyone else. Himself included (and anyone that agreed with his statement).

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