Kobe Bryant speaks out about Trayvon Martin

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Kobe Bryant was the subject of a full spread in the New Yorker that will come out at the end of the month.

In the piece a broad spectrum of subjects was discussed, including the social concepts of what it means to be African-American.

In the piece, writer Ben McGrath asks Kobe his thoughts on the Miami Heat's now infamous 'selfie' posted on social media to show solidarity solidarity in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin murder.

And Bryant was as outspoken as you could imagine, saying:

"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.”

Well, as you can imagine, Bryant got a lot of backlash for his stand point and has taken to Twitter to try and explain what he meant and express his belief that the teenager was wronged.

"Travon (sic) Martin was wronged THATS my opinion and thats what I believe the FACTS showed. The system did not work"

The article does include lighter topics however, such as Kobe's belief that Justin Bieber's career is set to implode and discussion about life after basketball in business and with his new sports drink. 

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