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Kobe Bryant

Speaks at Trayvon Martin Event

I Have 'Responsibility' to Help His Family

7/20/2014 11:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Kobe Bryant met with Trayvon Martin's family at a rally in Crenshaw this weekend -- and told the crowd he has a "responsibility" as a celebrity to help Trayvon's parents tell their story.

The event took place on the 1-year anniversary of the day George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering the 17-year-old in Florida.

During his speech, Kobe told the crowd of roughly 200 people ... "Players such as myself and others that have kind of a platform, our responsibility is more than just putting a ball in the basket ... but helping  [Trayvon's parents] have a platform."

Bryant said things like injuries, retirement and playing time seem important "in a vacuum" ... but said "when you step out of that, you look at [Trayvon's parents] ... what they had to go through as a family and what they've come out of ... that's true adversity."

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FREEDOM    

KOBE YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO YOUR OWN OPINION...

103 days ago
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FREEDOM    

KOBE IF THE PASSION STATEMENT WORKS WE SHOULD SEE SOME BIG CHANGES SOON WITH THE KIDS THAT HEARD YOUR MESSAGE....

103 days ago
3.

EasyE    

Sit Your Oreo ass down nobody believes what you say now,You open your big mouth and said negative things about Trevon now you're trying to back peddle

103 days ago
4.

Macc 6400    

That's a complete 180 compared to his previous statements. But we're all humans, I guess you live and you learn. Maybe that talk with Jim Brown made him come to recognition.

103 days ago
5.

STFU    

go somewhere and sit the uck down. too late to change your stripes

103 days ago
6.

jeff boy    

A known Rapist has the responsibility to help out the family of Drugged out violent thug.. Yup sounds about right.....

103 days ago
7.

Hunter1234    

Great job Kobe. No one can imagine the horror that Trayvon's parents went through. It's bad enough their innocent son died due to Zimmerman. But to have their late son demonized & ridiculed by the racists & the media?!! NO Parent should be put through what Trayvon's parents have gone through.

103 days ago
8.

uruseless    

Zimmerman should receive the "Garbageman of the year award" for taking the trash out and saving Florida's money. One less future career thug for the prison system to house is a good thing.

103 days ago
9.

gb1188    

Kobe is the dumbest person alive, well second behind Obama....

102 days ago
10.

Michael    

All he said previously was that he wasn't going to jump the gun just because the kid was african american. That doesn't me he didn't have the chance to investigate the situation and form an opinion once he had the facts.

102 days ago
11.

Stiletto    

The parents raised an ignorant, low IQ, thieving, drug addicted, violent, cowardly POS.

And they still have no intention of ever admitting the truth and accept the responsibility of their terrible parentage. Trayvon was nothing more than a burden alive and a cash cow in death.


Pathetic trash.

102 days ago
12.

FREEDOM    

KOBES PLATFORM PERFORMANCE WAS TERRIBLE.

102 days ago
13.

FREEDOM    

ITS OBVIOUS HE IS TRYING TO MAKE THIS DAY AN EXAMPLE OF INJUSTICE FOR TRAVON WHO WAS KILLED IN SELF DEFENSE....

102 days ago
14.

Mr Barcliff    

WHEN I READ STATEMENTS ABOUT TRAYVON AND ZIMMERMAN, IM VERY SAD, AMERICA IS A MENTAL CASE OF A COUNTRY! WE LOVE AMERICA IF YOU ASK ALL AMERICANS, THEY LIKE ME WILL SAY,"I LOVE AMERICA" IF NOT, LEAVE LIKE I DID AND YOU'LL SEE HOW MUCH OPPORTUNITY AND CLEANLINESS AND MORE THIS PLACE HAS. THAT SAID, THE BOTTOMLINE IS A PERSON WAS KILLED THAT SHOULDNT HAVE BEEN, THE OUTRAGE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE UNER 18 YEAR OLD WAS MURDERED, NOT THAT TRAYVON IS BLACK AND ZIMMERMAN IS A WHITE MAN!!! WE FORGET THE TRUTH ALOT AS ADULTS AND KIDS SEE US ARGUE AND WE TAINT THEM. WERE TELLING KIDS THAT RACE IS OVER EVERYTHING. WERE SAYING THINGS LIKE TRAYVON IS A THUG AND ZIMMERMAN IS DOING WHATS BEST FOR THE WHITE RACE. WAIT, WE ARE ALL AMERICANS. BLACKS AND WHITES AND JEWS AND ALL AMERICANS ARE A MELTING POT, WE ALL DIED SIDE BY SIDE IN WARS BECAUSE WE LOVE THIS COUNTRY. OUR FOCUS NEEDS TO BE RIGHT AND WRONG, NOT COLOR AND THATS HOW YOU CHANGE THE WORLD, FOCUSING ON WHATS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. IF A LIFE NEEDS TO BE SAVED, IT SHOULDNT MATTER WHO SAVES THEM, COLOR IS JUST COLOR, WE DONT DECIDE TO BE THE RACE WE ARE HUMANS!!! LOVE YOU ALL EVEN IF IM HATED BECAUSE IM A BLACK AFRICAN LIVING IN AMERICA. LGNM

102 days ago
15.

lourdgoogoo    

Trayvon brought fists to a gunfight, and lost.

102 days ago

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