*Kobe Bryant has been in the middle of a firestorm for recent comments he made about Trayvon Martin and the Miami Heat’s early support of the Florida teen.
In the March 31 issue of New Yorker magazine, the Los Angeles Lakers star asserts that wide-spread support for Martin was premature, and he refused to stand behind the slain teen simply because he’s African American.
Also, when asked about the Miami Heat’s show of solidarity with Martin in the now iconic “Hoodie” photo, the 35-year-old athlete said that such a move showed lack of “progress”:
“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, 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.”
The comments set off a s***storm on social media, reports News One. This afternoon, Kobe responded with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. posted on Instagram:
He also took to Twitter to clarify: