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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Says Kobe Bryant Was Right About Trayvon Martin
NBA star Kobe Bryant sparked a great deal of outrage last week when his reason for not rallying behind Trayvon Martin was revealed. In an interview from the March 31st issue of the The New Yorker, Bryant said he was unwilling to support someone just because they’re black. Although many within the black community were outraged by that statement, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith had Bryant’s back.
On an episode of the Arsenio Hall show on Friday, Smith said Bryant was basically “on point” with his comments. He added that even though blacks are outnumbered in American society, that doesn’t give blacks “license to be unfair” and that we all need to “exercise a level of fairness and justice.”
Here’s what Bryant said while responding to a question about the Miami Heat’s support for the slain teen:
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.
Since then, many pundits have pointed out that George Zimmerman made the issue about race when he profiled Martin, and that Trayvon Martin supporters only wanted the man who gunned down the teen to be arrested and stand trial.