Recently on Arsenio Hall's show "Arsenio", NFL legend Jim Brown had some critical words about Los Angeles Lakers' franchise figure Kobe Bryant. He accused Bryant of running Shaq out of Los Angeles, not understanding the American culture, and not being someone he would invite to a summit of influential black athletes. For Bryant, these seemingly unsolicited or provoked comments from such a prominent figure in American sports were confusing and something that caught him off guard. Acccording to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Kobe has never bet the Hall of Famer and said the comments "came out of left field." "It surprised me in a sense that it came out of left field," Bryant said. "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. "I think no matter where you come from, whether you come from Italy, whether you come from Inglewood [Calif.], whether you come from London, it doesn't matter. Ultimately, the conversation is that it doesn't matter what color skin you are to begin with. But, I think it's a good place to start to have a good conversation and try to educate one another and try to improve as a society from it." Before practice on Thursday, Bryant tweeted about an idea that a "global African American" was an inferior shade to the "American African Americans" as his reaction to the entire ordeal. He cited that it wasn't like the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr or the recently deceased Nelson Mandela.
Lakers' Kobe Bryant was 'surprised' by comments from Jim Brown
CBS Sports | Dec 13