(AllHipHop News) Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant started a heated debate online when he made comments recently about the African-American community’s support for slain teenage Trayvon Martin. In an interview with The New Yorker, Bryant questioned the idea of defending Martin just because he was black.
I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American. 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.
Bryant took to Twitter to now express his belief that Martin was “wronged” and “the system did not work.”
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 27, 2014