Recently Jim Brown, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, made some snarky comments about Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant not understanding “our culture”. Brown was a guest on the Arsenio Hall show and was clearly referring to race in his reference to culture.
“He’s somewhat confused about our culture. Because he was brought up in another country… If I had to invite people to that [black athlete] summit all over,” Brown said, referring to a summit held in the early 70s regarding Muhammed Ali’s refusal to fight in the Vietnam War, “there’d be some athletes I wouldn’t call. He’d be one of them.”
Brown is referring to the seven years Bryant spent living in Italy and is clearly just trolling for publicity. With all the talk surrounding Bryant’s return from his Achilles injury, Brown knew he could get some more air time and articles written about him (like this one) and decided to make some asinine comments.
There was no reason for this as negativity has never been a part of progress. The United States of America has an African-American President, and it is beyond time to put aside these silly racially-charged comments that do nothing but stir controversy. Luckily, the usually classy Bryant decided to respond on Twitter with:
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 12, 2013
Bryant clearly won this confrontation, and it has yet to be seen if Brown will continue to pursue this small matter and return with a comment of his own. Let us all hope he chooses not to and this story begins in fade into the dust.
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