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Kobe's wife wears "Do I look illegal" shirt, only one talking immigration

May 18, 2010, 9:03 AM EST

vanessa_Bryant.jpgPhil Jackson isn’t going to talk about it. Kobe Bryant won’t go near it. The Lakers aren’t going to talk about it or wear their Los Lakers jerseys. While there was a small protest outside, inside Staples Center the Arizona Immigration law discussion was dead.

Except for Kobe Bryant’s wife.

Vanessa Bryant is part Hispanic and she wore a shirt that said, “Do I look illegal?” to the game.

The reference was clear.

She — and often the couple’s daughters — are regulars at Lakers games. They tend to stay out of the limelight, as much as that is possible for a high-profile family. But she gets noticed, and used that to make a statement at Game 1 against Arizona.

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  1. Frank - May 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Her shirt should read, Do I look like the wife of a rapist?

  2. Kate - May 18, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Or rather a shirt that says, “Another Laker Hater trying to stop the train to another championship, grow up :).” I think that would be more appropriate.

  3. Frank - May 18, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    So if I hate rapists, I also hate the Lakers? Says alot about you, you would probably love Osama Bin Laden on the lakers if he could ball.

  4. Bob Jones - May 18, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Wow! Vanessa you did right! I spend more time trying to read your shirt…! and forgot the game…!

  5. Ratchet Wheel - May 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    If all the illegals are Mexicans, why NOT do some racial profiling? It’s pretty clear that there aren’t a whole lot of illegal whites roaming the country.

  6. yessica - May 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    you all are dumb she did a good thing u go gurl be proud to be a latina!!!

  7. Ron Gallegos - May 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM
  8. Mo - May 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    “If all the illegals are Mexicans, why NOT do some racial profiling? It’s pretty clear that there aren’t a whole lot of illegal whites roaming the country.”
    There are plenty of Canadiens and Europeans here illegally. But people don’t freak out as much about them.

  9. Lakerfan - May 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    It says a lot about you that you think Kobe is a rapist when the case had lots of holes in it and you would convict him. I hope you’re never on a jury. and it says even more about you that you talk about his wife like that when she had nothing to do with it.

  10. Lakerfan - May 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    It says a lot about you that you think Kobe is a rapist when the case had lots of holes in it and you would convict him. I hope you’re never on a jury. and it says even more about you that you talk about his wife like that when she had nothing to do with it.

  11. Rosy Rubner - May 18, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Not all illegals are mexicans,there are so many asians that are illegals,canadiens,europeans,south and central americans.

  12. Daniel Valadez - May 18, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Ratchet Wheel
    If all the illegals are Mexicans, why NOT do some racial profiling? It’s pretty clear that there aren’t a whole lot of illegal whites roaming the country.
    No we don’t have a lot of illegal whites roaming the country, we have a lot of lazy homeless whites roaming exit freeways asking for money. When do you see a latino asking for money, we work. It’s us that give money to those lazy US CITIZENS, because whites never give them any money, they could get their hands dirty.

  13. Dana - May 18, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    It should be illegal for you to be so stupid! There are plenty of “white” people that are illegal immigrants. There are people of all colors because they come from many different countries. Clearly, you are lucky that there is no IQ requirement to maintain citizenship.

  14. Daniel Valadez - May 18, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Ratchet Wheel
    If all the illegals are Mexicans, why NOT do some racial profiling? It’s pretty clear that there aren’t a whole lot of illegal whites roaming the country.
    No we don’t have a lot of illegal whites roaming the country, we have a lot of lazy homeless whites roaming exit freeways asking for money. When do you see a latino asking for money, we work. It’s us that give money to those lazy US CITIZENS, because whites never give them any money, they could get their hands dirty.

  15. Bizzle - May 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    hahaha it’s funny how people choose to ignore evidence and still call Kobe a rapist
    stop drinking the Haterade, son.

  16. Jessica - May 18, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Ratchet– This is the dumbest statement I’ve ever heard. There are thousands of ‘illegal’ Irish immigrants in this country as well, as well as undocumented immigrants from all over the world. Not every ‘illegal’ is Mexican and not every Mexican (or what you white people may assume as Mexican) is ‘illegal’. This AZ is a full-on racist attack against Latinos in the United States. No one can ‘look’ illegal.
    Bravo for Kobe’s wife for making a statement!!! And Bravo for “Los Suns” for standing in solidarity with justice, not fear and racism. “Los Lakers” should follow suit….

  17. Anonymous - May 18, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    type like one.

  18. Funny - May 18, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    I don’t envy the Police officers, and BLESS them for their work yet there will be those who will use their judgment and that is whats scary, they wont check immigration papers from a BLUE EYED BLONDE.
    Foul language, the last refuge of the ignorant. Police officers will decide who to arrest and went; they have been given the power to do as they please, when they please, and we all know that not everybody knows how to appropriately control that power; hence, the high likelihood for racial profiling – I guess now the BMW acronym will change from Black Men at the Wheel to Brown Men at the Wheel.

  19. Illegals Go Home - May 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    All illegals (not just hispanic ones)should be sent packing in every state. I hope all states would choose to enforce the federal law like AZ is doing. If you half wits want to complain, it should be to D.C. IT’S A FEDERAL LAW PEOPLE! AZ is just choosing to enforce it themselves since Obama has his head too far up Pelosi’s ass to allocate federal funding for it. He’d rather pass a healthcare bill that will destroy this country and send us on a path towards socialism, then communism. BTW, I’m latino in Cali.

  20. Ignorance - May 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Unless you are a Native American Indian you have NO RIGHT TO tell others that they need to go back to where they came from. After all, this land was taken from the Native Americans therefore we are all illegal immigrants!!

  21. illegals go home - May 18, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    All illegals (not just hispanic ones)should be sent packing in every state. I hope all states would choose to enforce the federal law like AZ is doing. If you half wits want to complain, it should be to D.C. IT’S A FEDERAL LAW PEOPLE! AZ is just choosing to enforce it themselves since Obama has his head too far up Pelosi’s ass to allocate federal funding for it. He’d rather pass a healthcare bill that will destroy this country and send us on a path towards socialism, then communism. Bottom line is, if you want to be in this country, go about it the right way, and become a U.S. citizen, otherwise, get the f**k out! BTW, I’m latino in Cali.

  22. denny - May 18, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Yes, you do. Carry the proper documentation and you’ll have nothing to worry about Mrs. Bryant.

  23. My Wife Is White - May 18, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Hip hip hurray for Kobe’s wife Vanessa. We need more Latinos in the lime light to show their support. Police officers shoul not have to be immigration officers also. Stop the HATE!

  24. Donte - May 18, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    fck you denny come out to L.A. and we will beat your punk azz

  25. illegals go home - May 18, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    That has nothing to do with this. You’re an idiot for trying to play that card. Talk about ignorance! This is the United States of America. Not Dances-With-Wolves-Land. We have laws here. One of which requires you to be a citizen to live here. If people don’t like the laws this country was founded on, they should go back to where they cam from! I should sneak into the next Laker game and sit in some random seats. Then when an usher comes and asks me for my tickets, I should be able to say that they’re racially profiling me, and to leave me alone. Right? What’s the difference.

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