[Ed. – Why is anyone still talking about this?]
LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant has been heavily criticized after saying that he didn’t think he should necessarily have an opinion on Trayvon Martin’s shooting just because he is African American.
During an interview for a profile piece in the New Yorker, which will be published on April 4, the 35-year-old said also took the opportunity to pour scorn on Lebron James and the Miami Heat for posting a photo of them wearing hoodies in the aftermath of Martin’s death at the hands of George Zimmerman.
Asked about that, Bryant said he took exception to any idea that Africa-Americans should hold opinions based on their race alone.
‘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 no 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.