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NFL legend Jim Brown takes shot at Kobe Bryant, Kobe fires back

Dec 12, 2013, 1:25 PM EST

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We present this to you with very little commentary on our part.

Jim Brown is an NFL legend and an outspoken man about the African American community and how it fits in with overall American society. Brown was on the Arsenio Hall Show on Tuesday night and was asked to comment about Kobe Bryant’s return to the NBA.

In case you didn’t bother with the video, Brown praised Kobe the athlete but apparently isn’t fond of him as a person. Here’s the money quote (hat tip to The Sports Grid):

“He’s somewhat confused about our culture. Because he was brought up in another country…If I had to invite people to that [black athlete] summit all over,” Brown said, referring to a summit held in the early 70s regarding Muhammed Ali’s refusal to fight in the Vietnam War. “There’d be some athletes I wouldn’t call. He’d be one of them.”

Kobe Bryant spent a number of his formative years in Italy where his father was playing professional basketball.

Kobe fired back on twitter, taking a shot at Brown’s standing in the African-American community.

One of the main goals here at PBT is to bring you the news and stories people around the NBA that people are talking about — and people are talking about this.

Often with that news we throw in our opinion. Not so much here. What you think of Brown, Kobe and the social implications and ramifications of all this really speaks as much to your beliefs as what is being said. So I’ll pass just along the news.

106 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. granadafan - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Seriously, I had no idea Arsenio Hall still had a show.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      He didn’t, until it came back a few months ago in September. 20 years later.

    • progress2011 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Boils down to “COLORADO” !!!

      No self respecting man would EVER be charged with such a heinous, malicious, criminal act.

      His acts against that woman are unforgivable…..MOST Fathers of little girls will agree.

      Mr. Brown is essentially saying, kobe cant be a leader of men on moral, philosophical, social or political issues……PERIOD!

      But he can do a “Photo-Op” at the local homeless shelter and throw a few bucks around….In the same breath sue his own Momma, for wanting to sell his old stinky uniform, to pay her mortgage!

      • mikerome64 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        You sound like a fool. Are you aware that Jim Brown is abusive toward women? So you tell me how can Jim Brown be a leader of men when he beats on women? This has nothing to do with Colorado for that reason alone. Kobe’s blackness was questioned and this old fool should know better.

      • mytthor - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:43 AM

        I started a response to this but it’s just not worth it. It’s either complete and utter trolling or completely and utter stupidity, which means either way whatever I say won’t help.

      • progress2011 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:30 AM

        What kind of “SCRUB” do you have to be to sue your own Momma!

        Especially, when you make 25-30 MIL a year!!!!

        “Momma, U’m gonna need those ole stanky uniforms…or else I gotta push you further into bankruptcy” !!!

      • gemini69apw - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        I am so tired of people bringing up this Colorado incident. First of all Jim Brown wasn’t even referring to that. Secondly, do you even remember the facts surrounding that incident? That woman came to Kobe’s room between 2 – 3am. What woman does that without knowing why they are going there. However, let’s not label her just yet. Do you remember that they found the semen of two different people in her. One was Kobe’s and the other was from her ex boyfriend that worked at the local grocery store. Since she had just gotten off work. I doubt that semen was put there before she had sex with Kobe. How many woman you know that go have sex after they had just been raped. That woman was looking to get paid, plain and simple. The only thing Kobe was guilty of was adultery and that is between him and his wife. Not all of America.

      • johntaylor13 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        progress2011: surely, since you’ve chosen to make these statements, you know that over the years Jim Brown has been arrested and/or charged with: the rape of two teenage girls; domestic abuse; aggravated assault and attempted murder; and has served time in jail. Also, you surely know that Bryant was not convicted of anything in the Colorado case.

        Next time you should ride your high horse to the library and do some reading before commenting on subjects you know nothing about.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        Who needs stinkin’ facts?

    • spthegr8 - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Jim still thinks that Eisenhower is President & ppl still dance the “Hustle” Jim is a Racist, Woman beater. He’s got some nerve!! Just Sayin’!!

    • ranfan12 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM

      I never knew that was an actual person’s name until now lol. I figured it was just a show name or something

  2. azarkhan - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Jim Brown, another old black guy with his mind stuck in the 1950’s. Wake up Jimbo, America has changed since your time. Get with it.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Jim Brown is still stuck in the late 60s. Very bitter.

  4. joshm5683 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I guess because Kobe can speak like a normal educated person and never talks abuot selling drugs or hanging out in the hood in his childhood and wasn’t completely broke, he isn’t qualified to be “black.”

    Jason Whitlock, who although is very opinionated had a good point he raised about this during the Jason Martin and Incognito thing how Incognito was accepted as black in the locker room and could drop the N bomb because he came from a similar background whereas Martin’s family had vast amounts of resources and education.

    • antistratfordian - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      That is really offensive. You think that the black community will only accept someone if they sound like they’re in desperate need of an education and they talk about selling drugs? You are confused. And Jim Brown has been fighting against these sorts of things for decades, he would not view slinging dope as a must-have on a resume. And how Kobe *speaks is irrelevant. Brown is talking about actions and choices.

      About Jonathan Martin – everyone gave him the cold-shoulder, not just the black players on the Dolphins. He was avoided because he was anti-social and aloof, not because of his background and manner of speaking. It wouldn’t have mattered if he went to Stanford or Morehouse; he would’ve had trouble fitting in regardless. There are plenty of black players who grew up wealthy who have no issues with being accepted by other black players.

      *Be thankful that I didn’t get into why you think speaking like a white American = “normal” and “educated”

      • louderthanwords1 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        Everything that happens in sports to Jason Whitlock is racist or is about race. I’d rather read TMZ than his column.

      • topdawg4ever - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        Jim Brown has good reason to dislike Kobe. A LOT of people feel the same way about him. It has nothing to do with where you came from. It’s about how you act NOW.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        *Be thankful that I didn’t get into why you think speaking like a white American = “normal” and “educated”

        It wouldn’t have mattered to the closed minded pea brains.

  5. legend30 - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Was never a fan of Jim Brown, and honestly think he’s the most overrated player in NFL history. Who was his competition? Can’t stand Cleveland.

    • wethog66 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      You are horribly misinformed. Jim Brown was the greatest athlete of his generation and one of the greatest athletes of all time. And its not just football. Jim Brown is also one of the greatest lacrosse players in the history of Syracuse University and a large number of the greatest lacrosse players in history played at Syracuse. Brown also lettered in Basketball and Track at Syracuse.

      Jim Brown had no competition in the NFL because Jim Brown was one of a kind.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Jim Brown, great player. Gained over 12,000 yards in the NFL while still averaging 5.2 YPC and scored 100 total TDs for good measure. One year he gained over 1800 yards while averaging 6.2 YPC and scoring 12 touchdowns. He was the second leading scorer on Syracuse’s basketball team, and was a two-time All-American for their lacrosse team, in addition to of course being a standout football player.

      He’s also sort of an idiot. Understanding that he grew up in the racially charged South during the 1940s and 50s, he still needs to adjust his way of thinking to reflect modern America.

      • davidly - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        Or it could be that his having experienced what he has gives him the greater insight that you lack–concerning “modern America”.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        And that experience has given him the insight that because Kobe lived in another country, he’s not as black as Jim Brown? If that’s the case, seems like Jim Brown’s experience has give him the insight of a racist.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:12 PM

        In modern America, we recognize that racism is not just committed by whites against blacks, or against people of different racial backgrounds. Racism knows no colors. What Jim Brown said on the Arsenio Hall Show is certifiably racist and frankly very offensive.

      • mackcarrington - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        @asimonetti: wouldn’t go so far as to call Brown an “idiot”, but he is from a different generation.
        Also Brown, in his teens moved from the South to the New York, Long Island area. I agree, he is very “old school” in some of his racial views, but you cant erase the experiences of the times that you came up in. This may be his biggest fault.

      • spthegr8 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        @Mack
        “But you can’t erase the experiences of the times you came up in” That is very true but, @ some point you gotta move on & leave all that stuff in the past. you respect & appreciate the strugle & how far blacks have came over the yrs but, its 20 F’N13, times have changed. What Jim is saying in a nut shell is Kobe isn’t “Black ” enough?? For some who has faught for the rights of blacks, sounds to me like he is being racist against other blacks!! Sounds hypocritical to me…… Just Sayin’!!!

      • mackcarrington - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        @asimonetti; It may sound easier than it really is to “get over it and leave that stuff in the past”.
        That kind of thinking tells me that that you have no regard or respect for the past. You probably don’t have any regard or respect for some of the things that YOUR grandparents or parents went through. I understand, though. You are of a generation that only wants to live in the NOW. Any experiences you have that may color or affect the way you think in the future, you will just “leave that stuff in the past, and get over it.” God bless you!

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:13 PM

        He doesn’t respect the might T-Bird. I offered to get him one but he said “ferget it”!

    • antistratfordian - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      For my money Jim Brown is the greatest running back that ever lived – he may be the greatest football player to ever grace the earth. He is considered by some to be the greatest player of all time in two different sports – football and lacrosse. Some say (as Brown has himself) that he was better at lacrosse than football! He was so dominant in lacrosse that they changed the rules in an attempt to nerf his superpowers. He is in the hall of fame for both sports.

      He was also a star basketball player. In high school he averaged 39.6 points per game. He was also the placekicker for Syracuse in college. He also threw two no hitters in high school and was offered a contract by the Yankees. And so go the various tales of his athletic prowess…

      He might be the greatest all around athlete in American history.

      • spthegr8 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        @Anti
        Jim was a GREAT athlete but, I got my $ on a guy named Vincent Edward “Bo” Jackson!! He was a once in a lifetime athlete!!

      • antistratfordian - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Well Bo Jackson certainly was faster. He didn’t play enough though. That should count for something, because while you can be a transcendent athlete on day one, you still have to prove that your athleticism can translate into total domination of any given sport – and Jackson never did that on the professional level. Jim Brown certainly did.

      • tuberippin - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        “He might be the greatest all around athlete in American history.”

        Jim Thorpe.

      • antistratfordian - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        Sure. He might be that as well. As Pat Riley once said about any “greatest” title: “All you really want is to be in the argument. It is an incredible accomplishment just to be there. Picasso. Matisse. Donatello. Pollock.”

        Thorpe and Brown are in the argument.

      • clavoe75 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        What about that Jim Thorpe guy?

      • antistratfordian - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Thorpe is definitely in that discussion.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:15 PM

        Bo Jackson New Balance sneakers were the best footwear I ever wore.

    • topdawg4ever - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      You sir, are a moron.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:14 PM

        Takes one to know one, putz.

    • mp802013 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      I remember his competition being Vince Lombardi and his Green Bay packers.

  6. bloyaglock - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Kobe is a straigt up snitch and he DID throw Shaq under the bus….its just the truth and the truth hurts, sometimes. Jim Brown was the truth back in his day…..may not be a better running back EVER. Do your homework, idiots! I bet none of you are athletes or ever been an athlete at any significan level so SAVE IT! This whole website does nothing but suck Kobe’s D*&k! Get over yourselves and one day Kobe will get over himself….maybe.

    • dangle13x - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      hahahaha what an asinine, embarrassing comment. What do people’s opinions on social issues have to do with the level of athletics they reached? Do yourself a favor and can it you mouth breather.

    • blueintown - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Blog poster rule no. 17: If you bark at people for never having been an athlete, you’ve never been an athlete.

    • fatcamper - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      I struggle with the definition of irony. Is it ironic or just a funny coincidence that bloyaglock says we need to get over ourselves after he boastfully he implies that he was an athlete at a significant level?

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      I’m assuming you’ve been an athlete at Jim Brown’s level, otherwise you better do your homework.

    • mikerome64 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      And if Shaq has gotten over it why can’t you? That whole situation between Kobe and Shaq does not affect you in any way. So you need to get over it.

  7. davidly - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Though Walter Payton is my personal fave, Jim Brown and, later, Barry Sanders hung it up when they could have racked up a tidy number of addtional yardage. Either one of them would be atop the all-time career rushing yards list had they not.

    Not sure he had to lay into Bryant like that. As far as figures “in the community” who Brown could be critical of–how about those affecting policy detrimental to the African Americans? Like, say, the guy prosecuting the nation’s laws at the moment–or his boss.

  8. chinahand11 - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Is Jim Brown trying to remain relevant or get attention? It’s too bad, he was one of the greatest if not the greatest RB ever, he doesn’t need to be the person who decides who is blacker than others. Goodness that attitude is part of why we have so much division in our society. I can’t stand Kobe, but this was out of line, IMHO. C’mon Jim, you’re better than that.

  9. connorgreg - Dec 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Jim Brown is yesterdays news, why would any TV show have him on. He is a self promoter and a racist.

  10. chargerdillon - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    People who didn’t see Jim Brown love to look at his numbers and tout him as some great legend. A true legend is more than number and Jim Brown is a true legend. But lets also be fair, in Jim’s day, when he was tackled he would huff and puff as he started to get up…..he’d huff and puff with his hands on his knees, he’d huff and puff in the huddle. NO player in all of NFL history was given more time on the field to simply get up from being tackled. To his credit he abused this much in the same way soccer players do fake dives from weak slide tackles. Jim has the numbers, but the way he played the game and manipulated the game allowed him to look like a better player than he was. In this day and age, the crap he pulled would not be acceptable.

    That being said, Jim Brown is what you would call a racist african-american towards other african-americans and the ONLY reason he’s not being crucified for saying such an ignorant statement is because he is not white.

    Richie Incognito says the N-word in a room full of blacks players that ACCEPT HIM, yet he’s still suspended. But a black man claiming another black mans “blackness” isn’t as legit as others, is just as ignorant as ANYBODY saying the N-word.

    Jim Brown is an ignorant idiot at best who’d be better off NOT talking.

    • mackcarrington - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      I don’t understand the “huff and puff” thing. If you are saying that Brown wasn’t that good, then why don’t ALL of the backs who played at the same time as Brown have the same or better statistics? Are you saying that the Merlin Olsens, the Sam Huff’s,. the Ray Nitschkes, the Dick Butkus’s, the Deacon Jones’s weren’t any good either? it’s laughable when people try and discredit what he did on the football field. Don’t you ever read what the opponents of his day said about him? Yes, he may be living in a racial time warp these days, but all a man can relate to is the time that he grew up in. I know everyone today likes to think that now we are “Post Racial”. Well you can think that if you want, but if we are so “Post Racial” now, why are we even having this conversation?

    • antistratfordian - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      This is not about broad, generic statements about “blackness” – it’s entirely about intellectual understanding. African-Americans are not automatically born with a crisp understanding of African-American history, culture and perspective. There is nothing racist in saying that Kobe is ignorant of certain things, or misguided.

      But your mode of thinking here implies that Brown should be able to invite ANY black athlete to such a summit – that they should all be qualified for invitation since they are all black. How simple.

      • dresky123 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        @anti So are you saying that lacking so called”Street Cred” is ignorant of your race or misguided.Though I respect Jim Brown as an athlete and African American male who tries to be influential to troubled youth,however, I do believe he has no respect for the youth that are not so products of the enviroment in which they grew up.

      • antistratfordian - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        Why would the term “street cred” come up from me saying something like “African-American history, culture and perspective”? What I was talking about is the opposite of “street cred.”

  11. dafc0n - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I would’nt want to be near either one of these guys , without some sort of a helmet, just in case their swollen head happened to explode while I was near them. Alas, neither of them will ever grow up!

  12. socalgal64 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    And yet Jim Brown would hop in the sack with a white woman quicker than you could say his name.

    • mackcarrington - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Rachel Welch or Whoopie Goldberg?
      Who would you choose?

      • mikerome64 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        I would choose Diahann Carroll over Rachel Welch.

      • mackcarrington - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        Well, I was just a kid then, but I preferred Lola Falana and Mary Wilson of the Supremes.

  13. jcrileyesq - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Jim Brown called the meeting of athletes on Ali’s behalf and said he would not have called Kobe. The athletes like Jabbar, Russell , Brown and Ali spoke on social issues.. what has Kobe spoke on prominently other than his Nikes and throwing teammates under the bus (i.e. Shaq, Bynum, Gasol, Parker etc;)

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Kobe’s work with the homeless in Los Angeles is not only broad, but well-documented, including multiple articles on this very blog.

      http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/12/kobe-spent-wednesday-working-on-homelessness-in-l-a/

    • mikerome64 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      He also called OJ Simpson who turned his ass down.

  14. alexb1234 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    this isnt about what type of player jim brown was he is a hall of famer and people who watched him play say he was the best ever but that is irrelevant here….

    I feel bad for Kobe for being called out like this….I am a Jewish American and don’t practice my religion as much as others and I have been called “fake” or “not a real Jew” before…it is just sad that some people can’t understand that certain people just aren’t like you or how you believe somebody should be….this does not make that person fake it just makes them different….Jim Brown might be losing it a bit and has to understand society has changed a bit since his upbringing

  15. cbrown386 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Internal conflicts never benefit the greater good of any sort of movement, be it racial or otherwise. Stop looking for reasons to divide each other and work together. These are two of the greatest and most inspirational African American athletes we have ever seen and now they argue like this? Petty.

  16. pascalswager42 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    All JB was saying is that he is disappointed that Kobe hasn’t used his position to further advance issues of inequality and injustice toward fellow minorities. The list of marquee athletes who do not use the soapbox is long and storied – Jordan, Woods, LeBron, heck, its much harder to identify one who will or does.

    Of course, the ‘temperature’ and context of today is MUCH different than 1971 but if my life has taught me anything, its that racism and prejudice are perhaps slightly less common or obvious today than yesteryear, but we are far far far far away from eradication.

    Modern racism is akin to throwing garbage in a snowbank. You may not see if for a bit, but once the snow melts, the garbage is still there.

    I am unaffiliated politically, but I cant pass up this example: The way some folks talk about our president (especially here in the rural south) is all you need to hear to know how alive, well and ready to pounce racism remains in the hearts and minds of way too many Americans.

  17. soopreme - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Jim Brown is a great man and a humanitarian. He’s not going to make a comment like that without it being well thought out and with an intended purpose. Probably something he has been watching an wanting to speak on for a while and finally got the opportunity. Kobe, in typical fashion, responds contentiously to J Brown instead of respecting his elders (who opened doors for him but he doesn’t understand that).
    Typical Kobe.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Kobe’s response is hardly “contentious” and far more uniting than the divisive, racist statements that are commonplace for Jim Brown. This might make more sense if this weren’t the first time Jim Brown had commented on someone’s “blackness” as if that were something that were real and mattered.

    • dinofrank60 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      That’s the problem. Brown thinks that guys like Kobe should be coming to him for wisdom and guidance.

    • topdawg4ever - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Kobe would have been better off not responding. I’m pretty sure a lot of other athletes feel the same way about Kobe.

  18. fotydaze - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Jim Brown is more than qualified to make his comments. He stood for issues greater than himself. What has Kobe stood for other than Kobe? I’m sure Jim wouldn’t have invited MJ our Tiger either. Today’s athletes are largely tight lipped on social issues because bigotry and hatred are not as prevalent as they were 45 years ago and also because black athletes today have a lot more so they have a lot more to lose by taking a position on a social issue. Barkley is one of the few with enough sack to speak his mind. He definitely would have gotten an invite.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      “What has Kobe stood for other than Kobe?”

      Kobe’s work with the homeless in Los Angeles is not only broad, but well-documented, including multiple articles on this very blog.

      http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/09/12/kobe-spent-wednesday-working-on-homelessness-in-l-a/

      • mackcarrington - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        Yes Kobe “working with the homeless” is very risky and controversial. Ali was taking a stand against the Gov’t and risking his entire career and going to prison. Yeah I can see the “similarities” in that.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        Ali was a coward and draft dodger. Please stop worshiping these athletes.

  19. bigmack305 - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    “We present this to you with very little commentary on our part.”
    Oh, you mean like real reporting? Thanks!

  20. fotydaze - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    @asim

    Kobe giving to the homeless is a wonderful act of kindness, But how is it taking a stand? Who’s opposed to feeding the homeless? Jim Brown and the men he called to that meeting stood next to Muhammad Ali and his beliefs against the government. Not quite the same thing. COME ON MAN!

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      No type of charity is “better” than another.

      I would challenge you to go to the over 1700 homeless individuals Kobe’s foundation helps each year and tell them that what Kobe is doing for them isn’t enough compared to what Jim Brown did 50 years ago.

      • mackcarrington - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        @asimonetti:
        I respect your basketball knowledge on this blog.
        But I really hope that in no way are you trying to compare standing up to the Gov’t and the popular opinion
        of the time regarding the Viet Nam war, and backing Ali’s decision to risk his career and freedom, to helping homeless people. I really hope you are not comparing those two things.
        Please!!!!!

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        Again, I ask you to go tell the homeless individuals that Kobe helps that what he’s doing does not compare to what Jim Brown did. I’m sure that they are perfectly fine with the “fact” that what Kobe does isn’t “as brave” as what Jim Brown did.

      • mackcarrington - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        I’m a Laker and Kobe Bryant fan also. But I’m not so much of jock sniffer to make the comparison that you are trying to make. I’m sorry but there IS NO COMPARISON.
        You must absolutely be kidding!
        I’m also at a loss trying to understand why you think Brown is wrong for his beliefs.
        Kobe is no saint just because he throws a few bucks at homeless people. But he’s got YOU wrapped around his jock.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        I just don’t understand how you can say what Kobe is doing somehow isn’t impactful because it’s not “controversial”. What Jim Brown did in the 60s was important, what Kobe is doing now is important. They are important in different ways. Just because what Kobe is doing isn’t controversial doesn’t mean it isn’t important.

      • mackcarrington - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        You REALLY are lost in the woods. I’m NOT saying in any way that Kobe’s homeless work isn’t important.
        What i am saying is that it DOES NOT COMPARE to what Brown, Russell, and Ali did in the 60s. Read my post carefully and slowly.I’m not saying that Kobe isn’t doing enough. I’m saying that you are trying to compare apples to grapefruits. Their respective issues are not even in the same arena. Stick to basketball facts, my man. You are out of your depth on this one.
        Go Lakers!

      • topdawg4ever - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        That’s great. But Jim Brown has been a political and community activist for longer than Kobe has been alive. He started a charitable foundation that has been helping at risk youth since 1988. RESPECT.

  21. eagles512 - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Brown is an idiot

  22. csbanter - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Jim brown and Kobe both had issues with violence against women. So its a case of the pot calling the kettle ….black

  23. tampajoey - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Jim Brown has always been a loudmouth racist idiot.

  24. cbking05 - Dec 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    They should just hug it out

  25. dinofrank60 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Michael Jordan just texted Kobe: “Welcome to the club, lil bro!”

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