Newsone reports that Ben Crump addressed Bryant’s views in part as he asked for the athlete to put himself in the shoes of youth who look like Martin.
“All those kids who wear your shoes and wear their hoodies, we want you to consider them and their issues and challenges growing up black in America,” Crump said.
Crump’s response comes amid Bryant’s answer during a recent interview with the New Yorker regarding those who support Martin simple because he is African-Americans. The LA Lakers player mentioned that the Miami Heat’s show of solidarity with Martin in their infamous “Hoodie” photo showed lack of “progress.”
“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” the LA Lakers said in the March 31 issue of the New Yorker. “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.”
To see Ben Crump’s response to Kobe Bryant’s comments, check out the video below: