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Jim Brown Calls Kobe Out, Kobe Responds (Video)


Former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown remains as one of the most legendary football players ever. But more than his play on the field, Brown has become known for his outspoken stances and displayed such after saying Kobe Bryant was “confused about culture” on The Arsenio Hall Show.jim-brown-arsenio-hall-kobe-bryant-1-250x179

The NFL Hall Of Fame athlete and activist sat down with Hall on Monday (December 9) and the host mentioned the return of Bryant to the Los Angeles Lakers after a long layoff due to injury. When Hall asked Brown his opinion of the all-star guard, he didn’t mince words one bit and even defended Bryant’s former teammate, Shaquille O’Neal.

“He threw Shaq under the bus,” said Brown, recalling the pair’s well-known feud of the past. “And he is somewhat confused about culture, because he was brought up in another country so he doesn’t quite fit what’s happening in America.”

Brown didn’t deny Bryant’s greatness on the court, but he furthered piled it on with the interview’s most damaging remarks that seemed to question the player’s devotion to the struggles of Black athletes.

“In the days when we had a summit and called the top Black athletes together to talk to Muhammad Ali about his status with the armed forces, there were some athletes we didn’t call,” Brown added. “If I had to call that summit all over there’d be some athletes I wouldn’t call. Kobe would be one of them.”

Watch the clip of Jim Brown on The Arsenio Hall Show on the jump. Was he on point or off base? Let us know in the comments.

Brown’s comment prompted Bryant to reply via Twitter.


Bryant also addressed the topic after practice Thursday.

“It surprised me in the sense that it just came out of left field.  I’ve never even met him,” Bryant said of Brown.  “I do think it’s a great opportunity to have these conversations, to have this discussion.”


Why did he choose to respond to Brown publicly?

“If it’s a major issue that involves equality or the perception of racial equality, I feel like that’s something that . . . needs to be addressed,” Bryant said.  “Obviously it’s a sensitive topic for everybody but I think the best thing to do is not dance around it.

“Ultimately, the conversation is that it doesn’t matter what color skin you are,” continued the Lakers All-Star.  “I think it’s a good place to start, to have a good conversation and try to educate one another and try to improve as a society because of it.”

Would he like the opportunity to sit down and talk with Brown?

“There’s nothing to talk about. We have different perception, different views on it, clearly,” Bryant said.  “What I’m trying to do is educate our youth going forward, no matter what color skin you are, African American, white, whatever the case may be.

“For he and I, there’s no reason for us to have a conversation. We’re completely on the opposite sides of the spectrum. I’m an old dog, but he’s a much older dog. He’s probably a lot more set in his ways than I am.”

Brown’s summit in 1967 with Ali included Bill Russell and future Lakers Hall-of-Famer Lew Alcindor, who would change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


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