It didn't take long for Kobe Bryant to respond to Jim Brown.
Brown, the NFL legend, had some harsh words for the Los Angeles Lakers superstar during a recent appearance on the "Arsenio Hall Show." Brown said that because Bryant spent much of his childhood in Italy, he isn't familiar with the African-American culture in the United States. Below is Brown's complete quote along with the clip:
"[Bryant'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, “there’d be some athletes I wouldn’t call. He’d be one of them."
Bryant, who has used his Twitter account to respond to perceived insults before, quickly responded to Brown's words:
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 12, 2013
Bryant responded in length to Brown's comments following Lakers practice (via For The Win):
"It surprised me in the sense that it came out of left field. I've never even met him. It came out of left field. But I do think it’s a great opportunity to have this conversation, to have this discussion. No matter where you come from, whether you come from Italy, whether you come from Inglewood (where the Lakers used to play at the Forum), 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 and have a good conversation."
"There's nothing to talk about. We have different perceptions and different views on that, clearly. The thing I've tried to do is I’ve tried to educate our youth going forward, no matter what color skin you are, African-American or white or whatever the case may be. Just try to talk about having a bright future going forward and how to help the kids and progress as a society as a whole. He and I, there’s no reason for us to try to have a conversation. We're on opposite sides of the spectrum. I'm an old dog, but he’s a much older dog and a lot more set in his ways than I am."
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