Kobe Bryant’s controversial comments regarding Trayvon Martin have made their way to Dwyane Wade and he’s speaking out on it.
If you’re looking for drama, forget it. Dwyane simply said he has a respectful “difference of opinion” with Kobe about the stand of support that Heat players took for Trayvon Martin back in 2012.
It all started from a piece in the latest issue of the New Yorker Magazine where author Ben McGrath brought up LeBron James, Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat players posing in hoodies which was posted online.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 23, 2012
Kobe’s response to the photo was less than supportive. He said:
I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, just because I’m African-American. That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and as 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, if we’ve progressed as a society, then you don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.
Kobe’s comments created a bit of a social media buzz and prompted responses from several media outlets. When asked about the comments before Friday’s game against Detroit, Dwyane offered his take on the photo.
“It was our backyard, and being in our backyard, being something that a lot of guys on this team—not only growing up in the kind of environment that Trayvon was in—but also having young boys,” Wade told Bleacher Report. “Knowing that he is a big fan of the Miami Heat. That is something that we got behind. As a team. I can’t even say the organization. It was as a team. We got behind it. And it was more so that, than the color of his skin.”
Whose side are you on?