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Kobe Bryant Responds To Jim Brown’s Criticism

(AllHipHop News)  If you have known about Kobe Bean Bryant for more than a day you should have already predicted that he would respond to Jim Brown’s disparaging remarks about the NBA legend’s understanding of culture and leadership. Speaking with the media following a practice last week Thursday (December 12th), Kobe Bryant countered Jim Brown’s criticism.

While on The Arsenio Hall Show Brown chided Kobe for his treatment of  former teammates and attributed Kobe’s seven years spent in Italy between the ages of six and 13 as reasons for his inability to understand how to “quite fit what’s happening in America.” According to Kobe, he was shocked by the comments but places a positive spin on the incident.

I mean, I’ve never even met him, so it came out of left field but I do think it’s a great opportunity to have these conversations, to have this discussion.

While Kobe admits that these type of incidents is “a good place to start to have a good conversation” about “perception of racial quality” he does believe Brown may be too old to reason with:

He and I, there’s no reason for us to have a conversation. We’re completely on opposite sides of the spectrum. I’m an old dog, but he’s a much older dog so he’s probably a lot more set in his ways than I am.

In 1967, Brown organized a summit in support of Muhammed Ali’s stance on anti-war stance and invited such Black athletes as Bill Russel, Kareem Abdul-Jabar and many others. Brown stated if he “had to call that summit all over, there’d be some athletes I wouldn’t call. Kobe would be one of them.” Kobe directly addressed this statement on his personal Twitter account prior to addressing the media:

  • Rmfag

    Not really understanding whats going on but from what I’m reading, Kobe is being or responding in typical new nigga fashion, amirite?

    • Weedras

      bullshit…

  • Brooklyn Stoop

    1st thing is this. this african american ish gotta go…………..
    do black people not know that african american do not represent black people?

    so a “global” african american makes no sense and a :”american” african american makes even less
    and why the hell is MLK and Mandela being compared to each other………..STOP THE MADNESS.

    and the only flaw in jim brown thought process is the process of most black americans which is
    black americans think that being enslaved, slavery, oppression, white supremacy, revolution, fighting for freedom etc etc is exclusively a black american thing when its not

    • Rmfag

      So what is a black American thing?

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        nothing

  • John Q. Public

    Kobe is a very talented a**hole and poor teammate. Jim Brown is old school and the things he has done outside of sports is great. Im not sure whats goin on with that tweet and African American thing but imam jus roll with JB on this.

  • Kobe is a great basketball player…individually. He just never quite grasped the concept of being a great teammate. He’s all for self and most of his teams suffer more than benefit because of HIM.

    • Celz

      Look at what happens too niccas careers after being under Kobe. He schooled the whole NBA All Stars in Beijing and most of them had breakout years after seeing how you are supposed to train. Some people crumble under Kobe most get better and Shaq was in his own right too big of a leader to work with him. Just because he didn’t get along with Shaq doesn’t make him a bad leader. He has plenty of flaws but he’s still one of the best.

    • Yo completely off-topic…you did that Circles beat for real fam?! I was never a Crime Mob fan but I dug the hell outta that track, respect.

      • True indeed. Most people overlooked the dopeness of the “Circles” track, but I appreciate that acknowledgement. Respect.

      • John Q. Public

        Dope… Circles is a great song by a wack group all bcuz the beat. U got a soundcloud or anything?

      • Respect. I’m on soundcloud. backslash docjambeats

  • Live Well

    They were both right. Kobe doesn’t have a history of connecting with the social uplift of the black community and Jim is old and set in his ways.

  • YaheardSyndicate

    Koonbe Bryant, needs to shut up when a real Black Leader speaks up. He;s just lucky the white girl he raped who adjusts the bathroom mat didnt ruin his life. Then he bought his wife back with a 4 million dollar ring. What a clown. These are our heroes.

    • The Arsonist

      What has Jim Brown done to become a black leader? Besides run a football and beat the hell out of his wife. Really Jim should be in Chiraq right now or in Compton than throwing shots at Kobe, there are far worse people than Kobe that black kids could be looking up to.

      • John Q. Public

        U don’t know much

      • The Arsonist

        I know more than you think I know Patna, my parents are black leaders Jim Browns ass wasn’t there when my uncle was killed by racist cops at Southern university while protesting for equal rights for black students vs whites, bro I know about the Struggle my Uncles were there in the 50’s 60’s and 70’s on the front lines some gave their lives for it. Jim aint no hero he’s a domestic violence offender. If he has a problem with black athletes like MJ TiGER and Kobe he should be approaching them as a man offline, not with this crab in the barrel I’m better than you I’m blacker than you BS.

      • John Q. Public

        So to you JB isn’t a leader bcuz he didn’t die wit ur uncle? U cant take away what the man has done.

      • The Arsonist

        Jim Brown isn’t a leader because his attitude has always been my way or the highway as if he knows it all and as a leader you can’t lead if you think you know it all. Jim has been attacking athletes for years, and like I previously stated he’s a hypocrite if you’re going to bring up colorado then bring up your wife beating conviction. Don’t sit on your high horse as if you are some saint in the black community, Negro you beat a black woman thats enough right there to get your ass dismissed. He’s a hypocrite.

      • DJ7

        You’re on a blog trying to discredit and deminish any good this black man has done / doing by dragging skeletons out the closet….then have the gall to label someone a crab…smh ..just by reading your comments alone one would get the impression that you have a personal vendetta against Jim to which you should follow your own advise and contact the brotha personally to iron out your grievances instead of dragging his name through the mud on a hip hop blog…he’s not that hard to reach given the various mediums he can be contacted through…you’re looking real suspicious right now fam o_O…

      • The Arsonist

        No you’re missing the whole damn point homie.If Jim brown wants to bring up Colorado he’s fair game for bringing up his BLACK WOMAN BEATING ASS. A pot can’t call the Kettle black and half of you dudes can’t name a Damn thing Jim Brown has done for the black community, its all hearsay you know how man black athletes had foundations? Jim Brown aint special y’all sucking him off like the dude ended black poverty, and he acts like he’s done more than anyone else, I saw him Arsenio and his old ass is leaning back in the seat like he’s the godfather to black athletes. “He Sold Out Shaq”.. NIgga did he sell out you? He don’t even know you and Him and Shaq is cool now what gives you the right to diss this nigga over his beef with another man. You proved my point by saying “You’re on a blog trying get to discredit and deminish any good this black man has done / doing by dragging skeletons out the closet.” Nigga do you know all the money Kobe has spent doing good and the last time I checked he was black too. So IF JIM can Bring Up Colorado then I and everybody else can bring up the Fact he went to Jail For PUNCHING A BLACK WOMAN.. The Nigga is a Hypocrite and theres plenty of articles on the the Internet where people who have met him feel the same way.

      • DJ7

        Nah, I got your point fam, just don’t agree with your methods (which is hypocritical in and of itself) nor did I agree with Jim airing out another mans’ dirty laundry in front of the cameras. I’m not mad at either one of you for voicing your honest opinions, I just think it could be handled differently and most important, less publicly…

      • The Arsonist

        Jim feels like his lil Foundations are better than what everybody else does Kobe himself is trying to eradicate childhood homelessness he just won an award from the Make a wish foundation for philanthropic work his job aint to save the black community, and Im black.

      • John Q. Public

        I see what ur sayin, But JB still a leader to me Patna…
        agree to disagree

      • Celz

        JB ain’t a mentioned as a leader because there are countless others that have done exponentially more than him. I sued a crooked ass court by myself and won and I did some work with disabled kids.. Can I be a black leader now too?

      • John Q. Public

        Yes. You are officially a Black Leader now… your certificate is in the mail

      • The Arsonist

        Look Up Denver Smith and Leonard Brown.

  • chippc

    With all due respect to Mr. Brown, I’m sure he has a whole laundry list of why he does not like Kobe, but he sounds like one of those old “stay off my lawn ya damn kids!” type dude. He did the same thing with Trent Richardson until Trent sat down with the O.G.

    But, if dude ain’t personally done anything to you, why you holding personal grudges?

  • ISTADUMHI772

    kobe got that standout athlete/ only child syndrome. thinks hes entitled to anything,that any woman is blessed just to be in his pressence. respect dudes game top five all time but he lost me when he snitched on ole diesel when he the one got caught with his pants down

  • The Arsonist

    Ill bring this up again… IF Jim Brown’s old @ss can bring up what happened in Eagle Colorado then why can’t anyone bring up his wife beating car vandalizing bs? Jim Brown has never been an idol in my eyes dude is a crab in the barrel nigga point blank period, he started with Wilt, then MJ, then Tiger, now Kobe. Its funny how all you “OG GANGSTAZ” act like the Kobe saying “I should have just done what Shaq told me to do by just paying these girls off” aint something you would have done. I have plenty of homies who are officers and they say the way they solve all of their cases is somebody talks, y’all can be gangsta all you want but you looking at catching a Prison sentence with a L. Y’all all will be singing like Mary J. Thats that BS bravado that got the Black community F’d up. If Jim Brown felt like Kobe broke the man law by Bringing up Shaqs name why don’t you same Niggaz feel like he broke man law for beating up a chick. Any dude who puts his hands on a woman is a sucka. So y’all can look up to Jim’s punk ass all you want this dude is a woman beater.

  • i’mreloaded!

    This is stupid.

  • W.E.B. Du Bois

    Kobe is right for not wanting to face Jim – because he is not intellectually capable of hangin’ wit Jim

    • Sekou Garrett

      You obviously don’t know much about Kobe if you don’t think he can’t have an intellectual conversation with Jim Brown.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        Sekou – your comment with no facts is proof You know Kobe can’t either

      • Sekou Garrett

        And your original post showed no facts either, so what is your point?

      • Sekou Garrett

        You can dislike my comments all you want brotha man.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        looking at dislikes instead of saying points is again Proof You know your stupid

      • Sekou Garrett

        I wouldn’t call anyone stupid, seeing you don’t even know the difference between *you’re and your…Run along kiddo!!!

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        again Shit Head – you keep Proving you know your Stupid – by talking of dumb things, instead of the convo you foolishly started

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        don’t be stupid – I said kobe don’t wanna face him – then said why

      • Sekou Garrett

        That’s not even an explanation..You’re a joke just like Brown.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        Me and brown have accomplished more in one of our years than your dumbass will in your life – I see that by your commenting without having anything to say

      • Sekou Garrett

        I’ve seen plenty of your posts, you’re nothing but a racist POS anyways. I’m done wasting my time posting with you.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        Sekou – I’m a truth teller – your a dumb shit head – as in that truth

      • Celz

        You sound stupid my nicca.. Just thought I’d let you know..

      • DJ7

        Watch your tone youngin…calling Jim Brown a joke is fighting words…

      • Celz

        That’s what happens when niccas say ignorant shyt out of their mouth.. Sounds like you should tell Jim to remember who he really is.. Then no one would be callin him that

      • DJ7

        Come on now Celz…I’m not mad at Jim for what he said…should he have said it publicly? Probably not b.u.t. I’m a break it down like this….If the same scenario played out b/t you and your boys on a smaller scale (less public) as Shaq and Kobe, would you be willing to include that dude in anything significant knowing his tendencies? Be honest fam…we eliminate cats out of our cipher who we deem untrustworthy

      • Celz

        When your on TV your held to a higher standard and when you are in a leadership position your standard is higher. There is no way in hell I’d trust Kobe (or Shaq) without serious leverage or tight relationship (which will probably never happen), so I feel him on that. Kobe did put Shaq under the bus and vice versa so if Shaq is your boy toss Kobe under it too.

        But he crossed the line questioning his blackness and all that without having any real reason. The way he said it invalidated his whole point. That’s all I’m saying he sound low key like he on his Jesse Jackson shyt reliving the glory days decades later.

      • DJ7

        I feel you b.u.t. on the same token, Jim may be privy to info you or I aren’t which may have played a role in what he said…either way, that should of been a topic discussed off camera, we already have enough forces working against us, no need to give them ammo

      • Celz

        Real shyt Kobe can be a role model and leader for black people and others at the same time and he is. White people need to see articulate and confident black people on tv.

        BUT he’s violated the G code a few times.. So has Shaq wit his fake cop ass.. So just like you said none of us would hit Kobe first but that don’t mean we have air him out on that level on tv. Just air him out for dissin Shaq and the real niccas will read between the lines.. Like they already have.

      • DJ7

        Agreed

      • Sekou Garrett

        And what makes Brown more intellectual than Kobe? I’ll wait to hear why you think he is.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        because of intelllelctual summits he has attended for one – the ones he said he would not invite kobe to

    • Celz

      Jim sounded like a fuccin idiot there.. Can’t be too challenging..

    • Jared

      I believe Kobe actually had a good SAT score despite not going to college and he is multilingual.

  • jubilee shine

    kobe = rat

    • Celz

      Ha Kobe did snitch on Shaq for cheatin almost forgot.. That was a dirty move Kobe..

  • Illmatic Impala

    kobe was wrong for what he did to big shaq

    • DLOUPO

      DONT LIKE KOBE BUT LOVE THE RESPONSE

      • Illmatic Impala

        i like kobe . but he was outta pocket . he’s lucky more ppl didnt talk shit

    • hwy505

      Maybe, but thats not the issue here.

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  • W.E.B. Du Bois

    kobe is rat spelled in itialian

    • Terry Sterling

      underneath giggle ..

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  • Immortal

    Mr Brown, I think you missed a good chance to talk about the a$$whuppin Adrian Bronner took over the weekend. Maybe Souja Boy or Ray J can console him while Floyd sits around laughing his a$$ off for dude copying his style, loosing and running out of the arena…while counting his next bank deposit.IJS

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  • 1CEO

    Brown is a Racist. End of story.

  • Splatter

    im a huge kobe fan. od. yea he tried to take shaq down with him when he was under pressure. that was funny but to say cuz the mans family moved for like 6 years to another country he’s out of touch with heritage is ridiculous. immigrants can come here without speaking english and within a year theyve adapted our styles, slang and music. Kobe still went back to philly. all through high school at that. a time that molds most young adults. then has been in LA (gangland) since. even if he not out there in the streets don’t mean he don’t know shit. i mean its Brown opinion tho, i feel like his views on Kobe was asked in the green room then asked again on stage for hype.

  • csmif

    its nice to see Brown taking time from beating women up to set kobe straight on race in america

  • Ricardo Quest

    Kobe’s answer to Jim Brown’s comments were both measured and respectful to one of the greatest football players who ever lived! Jim Brown is a man who never once missed a game .. .. who retired at the height of his career to play in over thirty films. Today, he reaches out to thousands of troubled youths across this nation. Kobe is a fantastic basketball player.