Kobe Bryant Says That He Would Protest the National Anthem if He Were Still Playing
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Kobe Bryant Says That He Would Protest the National Anthem if He Were Still Playing

Kobe Bryant hasn’t said too much about anything but basketball, since retiring from the game in 2016. However, that all changed when he sat down for an interview with ESPN.
Bryant recently spoke with former SportsCenter and current Undefeated writer, Jemele Hill. Bryant told Hill that he would have protested the anthem if he were still playing.

“Yeah, I would have participated in it, for sure,” Bryant said. “I’m sure I would have gotten some flak for it. That’s fine. I think that Colin’s message was a very simple one. It was police brutality needs to stop. We need to take a look at that.”

Bryant also said that he believes the protests would have gone over fine in NBA locker-rooms.

“From my experience in the locker room, it doesn’t seem like any of the players that I played with certainly would have had an issue with that,” he said. “I think we understand this is a free country. I think we have the right to peaceful protest.”

However, despite Bryant’s bold proclamations about protesting, if he wanted to mimic Colin Kaepernick’s protest he wouldn’t have been able to do it in the NBA. The league has had a rule requiring players to stand for the anthem, dating back to the early nineties.

Bryant knows this of course, which makes his statement to Hill nothing but mere grand standing. After all, the NBA has no shortage of players who supported Colin Kaepernick and oppose President Trump, Steph Curry and LeBron James, the two biggest stars in the league, just to name two. Doesn’t it seem odd that neither of them have protested?

That’s because it’s against the rules.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Lavona Areno

    February 12, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    you are so ungrateful it makes me sick. why shouldn’t you, if you would be anywhere else you would not be so well off. but i don’t care what you have to say anyway. you’re opinion is NOT surprising. you are a pampered ungrateful lout.

  2. cleo hill

    February 12, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Rules can change. If NBA players decided to protest it would be the same as the NFL. Owners make too much money to really care if their players sit, stand or kneel for anthem.

  3. paulette

    February 12, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    WELL GOOD THING YOU DONT PLAY ANYMORE,BECAUSE THEN YOUR OVER PAID ASS WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE CRAP LIST LIKE THE REST OF THE SPOILED ASSES

  4. McFerguson

    February 12, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    There is no police brutality without black criminality which is rampant in urban areas with a majority black population. Look at Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, etc….all cities with Democrat Mayors where crime is virtually out of control. Nationally, blacks are 13 percent of the population and commit 50 percent of the crime. Kobe knows this, but chooses to ignore it. The answer to both crime and police brutality lies within the black community itself. Too many black fathers are missing. The lack of black fathers in the home is a big part of the crime problem.

    • Joanne Miller

      February 13, 2018 at 4:07 am

      Kobe is a part of that criminality as a rapist.

  5. Nola Ervin

    February 12, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Yes Kobe, we know you had to jump on the band wagon and holler”Me too, me too!”. Any publicity is better than no publicity.

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