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Kobe Bryant blasted by media over racial Trayvon Martin case comment

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant offered his perspective on the reaction by many toward the Trayvon Martin case in a recent interview with New Yorker, and quickly found himself caught up in a media firestorm.

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” the NBA player 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?

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Bryant then expanded on the progress made by African-Americans.

“Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society?” he asked. “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.”

Bryant was being asked about a tweet by fellow NBA star LeBron James in March 2012, posted just a few weeks after Martin was killed:

The reaction to Bryant was swift, with more than one member of the media weighing in, including ESPN’s Jemele Hill and News One host Roland Martin:

Bryant would eventually feel compelled to defend himself amid all the criticism being directed at him:

Tom Tillison


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