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Dwyane Wade Responds to Kobe Bryant’s Trayvon Martin Comments

Kobe Bryant controversial Trayvon Martin comments Miami Heat baller Dwyane Wade responded to LA Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant’s controversial comments about Trayvon Martin on Friday.

There is no ill will or tension between the NBA stars, but Wade made it clear that he had a different opinion about his team’s response to the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

In March 2012, Heat players posted online a photo of themselves dressed in hoodies along with the hashtags “#WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice.”

According to Bryant, it wasn’t right for the Heat players to rush to the slain Florida teen’s defense when he believes they didn’t have all the facts of the case at the time.

In the latest issue of The New Yorker Bryant 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.”

He went on to say, “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.”

Wade has responded and he feels as though Bryant missed the entire point of what the Heat players were trying to accomplish.

Before Friday’s game, he sat down with the Bleacher Report to set the record straight.

“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 Trayvon was in – but also having young boys,” Wade said. “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 a team. We got behind it. And it was more so that than the color of his skin.”

LeBron James tweets I Am Trayvon Martin photo He also mentioned that the Heat players are always supporting causes that have affected their neighborhoods.

“There’s a lot of causes that go on, that players get behind, and it’s not all Black causes,” Wade added. “You know what I mean? Most of the causes have something to do with something that’s near and dear to you. Like Chris [Bosh] writing on his shoe earlier in the year, because his wife is Venezuelan.”

Earlier in the year, Bosh wrote “SOS Venezuela” on his shoe to show support for the Venezuelan community in Miami who have grown concerned about conditions for their families back home.

After Wade’s comments were published, Bryant took to Twitter to thank everyone who shared their thoughts on the discussion.

“Critical or not. We’ve had a ton of convo the last few days about a BIG issue. That’s always a good thing. Luv to ALL who tweeted thoughts,” Bryant tweeted on March 28.

Prior to that tweet, he also added some more context to his original statement by explaining he wants equality on all fronts, not just for one particular group.

“One more time for the tweeting impaired this is NOT about legal debate or sides,” he tweeted. “It’s about equality on ALL fronts #colorblind #genderblind.”

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27 thoughts on “Dwyane Wade Responds to Kobe Bryant’s Trayvon Martin Comments

  1. Kobe is a uncle Tom.

  2. Kobe is one lost Negropean in denial. What if it was his son? Colorblind? colorblind? Phool please!

  3. Javier B. Pacheco says:

    I don't get it. By now, Kobe Bryant has had plenty of time to weigh the facts and make an educated decision about who was at fault the night Trayvon Martin was murdered.
    So why hasn't he spoken up? How come he doesn't acknowledge all the fanatical racists that swarmed like locusts to Zimmerman's defense?

  4. Romira Celph Thomas says:

    Ok Kobe tell that to those people who thought/think you raped that girl in COLORADO!

  5. Toni Lee says:

    Kobe bought his way out of Colorado

  6. I am embarrassed for this Kobe guy, shame on you Kobe

  7. Exactly when will Mr. Bryant take the time to get the facts about how Trayvon was murdered in cold blood. Kobe, you are the dumbest house nigger I have heard in the last 100 years. Rush Limbaugh would be so proud of you, you ass!!!
    Retire and never say anything about race for the rest of your life. You always were a selfish, destructive excuse for a basketball player. It goes double for your stunning lack of understanding about old-time racist homicide.

  8. Wait until he get arrested for DWB or any other reason, he will get in touch with NAACP and everyone else to help bail him out!. Then he will be BLACK again!!! WAKE UP NOW BRYANT!!!

  9. Remember Kobe was 17 when he moved here he knows nothing about black life here in America

  10. Negative..feed from all you guys..Both sides have what we call..Freedom of SPEECH..in America.

  11. Thanks for clearing this up for Mr Bryant. I can now move on to other matters.

  12. Does he really feel that people looked at him that way when he was knocking off the maid? Who jumped to your defense then?

  13. Does he really feel that people looked at him that way when he was knocking off the maid? Who jumped to your defense then?

  14. Yvonne Jones says:

    Kobe is the ultimate Uncle Tom of an idiot. Does having money really make people that blind and self obsorbed. Really? Equality for all, give me a break. Zimmerman was the only one who got justice and equality after mudering an unarmed child who happened to be black.

  15. Denise Addison says:

    Kobe said he doesn't pass judgment until he knew all the "facts." what he fails to understand is that no "facts" would have come to light if not for the outcry by Black people. There was no investigation until nearly a month later. Sanford police were all set to ignore the case until people spoke up.

  16. Because Kobe Married out of his Race, evidently he thinks he's something other than African American! I have News for you Kobe, just what happened to Trayvon, could very easily happen to you or your Black Sons! Make no mistake about it! I would think you would be more involved & concerned being as BLACK as YOU ARE!

  17. Don't forget now this is the same SELFISH Kobe Bryant who wanted too throw his own mother in court last year, because she was selling his old high school Trophies, Jersey's, and etc too the auction, because she wanted A brand new house..

    There is alot off Laker fans in my hometown in Nassau Bahamas where I living nooowww seems too me some of his dumb black asses fans agree with him what he said because I ain't hear them bash his ass yet on this and I glad am not A Laker am A #HeatNation3peat….They think Kobe can't do no wrong !!!PLLEEAASSEEEE!!!…

  18. But Kobe wrong on this one, and God watching his tail, and the Lakers will never see A 17 banner in A long time, and God knows it..

  19. Larry Ct says:

    Take that equality junk somewhere else. Who still pushing that banner anyway? How do you become equal to the Klan and friends. Let's keep things in its proper perspective, Kobe is a great basketball player…. That's all right now.

  20. Stanley Purnell says:

    Fuck kobe uncle tom ass negro

  21. "Not Guilty"…never forget. And by a mostly minority jury, hahaha!!!

  22. "Not pro-black regardless of evidence" = Uncle Tom

  23. …and in the end he was still found not guilty! hahaha!!!

  24. Got it, anything other than black is now "betrayal"! Like Obama's parents!!

  25. What wonderful gang banger kids you have! You must be so proud!

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