EXCELLENT: Stephen A. Smith stands with Kobe Bryant on his Trayvon martin comments…

Kobe Bryant has apparently taken a lot of heat for his comments on Trayvon Martin the other day. But Stephen A. Smith agrees with Kobe and further explains to Arsenio Kobe’s position on this.


(h/t: Mediaite)

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  1. Canonizing Trayvon Martin

    With Pope Francis scheduled to officially recognize former Popes John
    XXIII and John Paul II as canonized saints in the Roman Catholic Church on
    Sunday, it’s appropriate that we pay homage to an unofficial American
    saint-in-the-making, black martyr, Trayvon Benjamin Martin.

    If eventually secularly sanctified, Martin’s sainthood would be

    The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old black man-child,
    by 29 year old, mixed-race neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in the early
    evening of February 26th, 2012, was an avoidable national tragedy, but hardly
    grounds for Trayvon’s sainthood in any sense.

    It was avoidable because Martin failed to control his rage at being
    accosted and challenged and because of Zimmerman’s overzealousness in performing
    his volunteer job of protecting his Sanford, Florida community.

    It evolved into a national tragedy, in fact, a national travesty,
    when Zimmerman was pre-judged guilty and threatened with execution by radical
    civil rights agitators.

    That unpunished, outrageous threat by the New Black Panther Party
    accompanied the mainstream media wildly sensationalizing and twisting the truth
    about the defendant and the incident and was further exacerbated by the
    president of the United States needlessly interjecting himself in a
    local affair, thereby intentionally or unintentionally helping ignite a national
    firestorm over race, prejudice, and the equity of “Stand Your Ground”

    (See graphic, including previously suppressed, photos of Martin and
    Zimmerman here http://tinyurl.com/k9blrzo.)

    When George Zimmerman was totally exonerated by a jury of his peers
    in July, 2013 and the FBI regretfully conceded it found no racial bias in the
    shooting, overly optimistic observers assumed, hoped, that the unfortunate
    spectacle was over and done with.

    We naively felt that Martin would and should forever be fondly
    remembered by his family and friends and that Zimmerman would and should be
    permitted to live out his life as an innocent, free man.

    Of course, as often detailed in this space, none of those hopes came
    to fruition.

    Following the not guilty verdict, black agitators like the New Black
    Panther Party, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson reacted by ramping up
    their threats and racial hatred. Obama’s MSM continued to publish
    pictures depicting Trayvon as an innocent 12 year old instead of the thuggish,
    menacing 17 year old he had become. Martin’s memory was cynically transformed
    into a black cause of dubious merit. And Zimmerman was forced to go into hiding
    to preserve his life.

    Compounding those belated miscarriages of justice at the same time
    they demeaned the life and death of Trayvon Martin, . . . (Read
    more at http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=36827.)

  2. Interesting that most of the posters on here think that Stephen Smith was right, that he is one black man that is right, intelligent, because he thinks like you. So of course, as long as black people think and parrot what non blacks say, they are right, clear thinkers.
    I am a black woman, who has a black teenage son. To a lot of you on here, you would see him and immediately think he was a thug because of the color of his skin. I fear for my son, because he is a good kid, who does well in school, but I fear for him because of the way things go in this country lately.
    As soon as a black boy is shot by a white person claiming self defense, the immediate reaction by most of the people commenting here is, they must have been doing something wrong, they must have been up to no good. Exactly what was Trayvon Martin doing wrong walking home from the store. Exactly what was Jordan Davis doing wrong listening to loud music in the car. Both of these young man were killed by someone claiming self defense. Neither one convicted of murder or manslaughter.
    Please tell me what these young man were doing wrong so that they should be killed.
    I remember with Trayvon Martin, they said he probably was looking to break into someone house with what, skittles and snapple. I’m no burglar but I think you would need more than that to break into someone home.
    Jordan Davis must of had a gun and they got rid of it before the police came. Right a car is hit 9 times, your friend is fatally shot and drive away to throw a gun out the window. They never found a gun because he never had gun.
    Your logic is they’re young, they’re male, they’re black so they must be up to no good.

    There is a case in Georgia of a boy being shot by the cops, when he opened the door. The cop said he thought he saw a gun. The family says it just had a remote to a gaming console.
    The only difference with this case is the teenage boy was white. So I never heard anyone say, he must have been up to no good, what were his grade like in school, he got suspended, etc., nope it was the Police were going to look into it.

    1. I’ll respond to you…as a homeowner, when it’s dark outside, raining and there have been burglaries in my neighborhood as I understand there was in Sanford, and I see a youth with a jacket/hoodie pulled over their head (yes, maybe because its raining) traveling through my property, in between the homes…yes, I’m going to be suspicious, I don’t care what color your skin is. As far as him walking through, all he had to do was respond to Zimmerman. Remove the hoodie from your head and say that he’s staying with his dad nearby and just trying to get home. Does he do that? No. He decides to handle it a different way…that’s when it goes bad.
      Just a thought, please don’t listen to the media or anyone else in these situations. They will ALWAYS make it a color issue. It wasn’t one. Actions and responses should have been different on both sides.

      1. I’m not saying that maybe George Zimmerman shouldn’t have been suspicious. He called the police. He could have stayed in his vehicle and waited to see what would have happened. Trayvon Martin was a teenager, he was not a grown man, George Zimmerman was and neighbor watch. If George Zimmerman would have stayed in his vehicle, Trayvon Martin would have made it home.
        I also seriously doubt that Trayvon Martin was walking home in the rain at night with nothing more than skittles and a snapple and thinking, who can I beat up on my way home.

        George Zimmerman took it upon himself to get out of the car and follow the young man, (most likely because he had a gun and felt emboldened) and that poor judgment on this part caused the death of a teenager, someone’s son.
        I belong to my neighborhood watch (black people do that too) and the police always tell you to watch and call the police if you see something suspicious, never confront someone.
        His poor judgment and jumping to conclusions ended in the death of a 17 year old boy. You can’t say sorry and bring him back.

        1. Yes, both made poor judgement calls. However, Zimmerman was told by dispatch that “he didn’t need to do that” in reference to following him. Zimmerman’s response was “ok” and he returned to his vehicle. It was at his vehicle that Martin decided to take matters into his own hands. When that action occurred, I know that I would have felt threatened whether I had a gun on me or not. I’m not saying Martin deserved it, I’m not saying Zimmerman’s actions were crystal. Bad decision on both sides led to what happened. Both were wrong.

          1. Excuse me for butting in, but you are not being truthful. Trayvon nor gz were any where near the truck when the confrontation, scuffle, what ever you want to call it happened. If you are going to comment at least don’t lie. Trayvon’s body was 32 feet south of the ” T”, in the grass. I doubt seriously that after he was shot in the heart that he walked that distance. Just the facts. Trayvon did nothing wrong.

        2. Yes, but the thing about making those kind of decisions that George Zimmerman made was that he ended someone’s life. I think if it was your loved one, it wouldn’t be oops he made a mistake. When you have a gun, and you plan to use it, you better make sure you are right. The fact that George Zimmerman used poor judgment is little consolation to parents who have to bury their child.

        3. The real problem is that too many people “stay in their vehicles”. Too many take the attitude “if it doesn’t affect me then the heck with it”. Too many people don’t stand up for their neighbors.
          That is the real problem.

    2. The last thing I want to do is retry the Trayvon case because the whole thing was just awful and drawn out enough.

      However, you must realize that when 95% of the black community voted liberal Democrat in the last two elections it is not a stretch for people on here to celebrate when a black person breaks from the 95% behemoth on an issue (and, yes, there is a relation between the two in that I guarantee you most of those who voted Obama supported Trayvon and most of those who didn’t vote Obama thought Trayvon was the instigator.

      It’s funny that when a black person sides with conservative values they are called all kinds of awful things and are said to be puppets of the Republicans, but blacks can spout off the liberal Kool-Aid all day and no one says NOTHING!

      You don’t think the Clinton’s and Pelosi and Reid and even the Obama’s look at the black population only as a means to get elected?? You have to know that they don’t care a lick about you or anyone in your community. They care about themselves and power.

      1. One thing I do know that 100% of black people voted for a white man in the 2004 election. I also know that 100% of the whites voted for a white man in the 2004 election.
        I really don’t care whether or not you think that Trayvon Martin as the instigator. It doesn’t make a difference what you think.
        Regarding Politics, even though I am black I’m aware of who runs for office from the local level all the way to the presidential elections. Being that the majority of African Americans are democrats, they voted for the democratic for candidate, as they always do, whether the candidate is white or black. That is a fact.
        Let me ask you, do you think that Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell all have your best interests at heart. Believe it or not the”black community” is made up of many people, with differing opinions. But the problem I have with Kobe Bryant’s comments and Stephen Smith, (who I do not like whether he is talking about sports, or whatever), is that the Miami Heat initially did the photo with the hoodies to draw attention to the issue and make sure that justice was served, ie bringing the case to trial. Stephen Smith and Kobe Bryant can believe and say what they want. But when they are wrong, they are called on it. Maybe Kobe and Stephen should get their facts straight.
        And just because a person holds a different political view then you that doesn’t make them ill informed, drinking “kool aid” etc. Since when did it become that in this country, so according to you politically we should all think alike, it’s that what you were just applauding Stephen Smith for going against.

        1. And I thought I was speaking to someone who was civil and fair minded, but your liberal-ness got you all emotional and actin’ a fool (which is how most lefties fight since they can’t win using reason and logic since it’s usually not on their side)…and I hope you aren’t raising your child to act like that either cause that kind of hateful mouth running will get him in trouble with the law/employers/teachers/etc. no matter his color.

          I also, believe it or not, do not care what YOU think about the Trayvon case and it CERTAINLY doesn’t make one heck of a difference to anyone either. What you think your opinion is more valid than mine? Hardly…

          Oh, and no, I don’t believe many on the right have my best interest in mind…that’s why I’m an independent and not a sheep…but I know that unlike the left that slobbered love and hope all over that ASS in the White House, the right is much more dependent on themselves and their work ethic instead of some govt. moron like Hillary or Obama or Pelosi.

          Now, I have neither the time nor the inclination to hear your idiotic and certainly hate-filled response so just know I will not be reading it. You are either a bad person or have issues that you obviously are not being helped with and thus it is not worth taking one more second to read or respond to you.

          …you’re welcome… 😉

      2. As long as I have been alive, 58, black people, the majority, have voted democrat. Period. While you claim we are not valued by the democratic party, what do you think the other party thinks of us????????? Get Real.

    3. You could not be more wrong.I do not judge people by the color of their skin,but by the content of their character.Stop playing the victim.

    4. Well said dear. I hope that your son stays safe, and I hope that my only son does too. He is 38 and I still worry every time he leaves my sight. I always have, and always will.
      Between out of control idiots like gz, to the out of control cops, the danger is always there.

    5. I, too, have a teenage son, he plays soccer in a competitive league with similar non-profit teams and players of different backgrounds and skin color, all supported by parents and their generous donations. By your superficial test he is “white” and I fear for him, My parental responsibilities are to teach him that first impressions are extremely important, that he dress and carry himself well, treat others with respect and be aware of his surroundings, taking nothing for granted. Relegate horseplay to friends, home and safe environments. Treyvon went against everything I just set out; lingering without purpose in a strange neighborhood, inappropriately casual clothing and a confrontative manner towards others. A tragedy, but no surprise, what happened. I’ve grown up in third world countries, different neighborhoods, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”, it’s my son’s job, and my parental duty to so impart, that he learn what the Romans do before he ventures to Rome.

      I can control what I do, teach my son as best I can, I have no control over Rome or the neighborhoods he chooses to visit.

  3. Ben Carson made the best point, and untouched by the media as far as I remember – but Zimmerman “got off” bc he was over-charged. He was properly not convicted, but probably would have been convicted of the appropriate charge – negligent homicide ? I don’t know what, but the unprofessional conduct of that politically pressured DA, Democrats, state and federal, and Sharpton and others can take great credit for this, they pressured her to charge him with a murder charge when it was not justified. The police were not even sure they could charge him with anything. (which appears to be incorrect)
    And while it’s true that blacks do not think monolithically, the same, emotionally, WAY TOO MANY of them do. Stephen Smith to be commended by his brutal honesty, but more applause for almost everything he said was in order – he was spot on, correct on principle, etc.

    1. No it was not. It came off as arrogant and rude. The higher you go, the harder the fall.

  4. “Gunned down.” Well, he was on top of Zimmerman so technically he was gunned up. Ironic that Smith would talk about resisting emotional outbursts and use such an emotionally charged phrase. That little thug wasn’t gunned down, he was attacking an innocent man and paid for it, unfortunately with his life. Otherwise, I agreed.

  5. He was trying to be sensible and intelligent without being shot dead because he didn’t buy into the leftist mindset and manipulation of blacks by people like Sharpton and Jessie Jackson. He did a damn good job.

    1. He called Zimmerman the “assailaint”. That is defined as “one who attacks”. He’s a hypocrit to sya what he said if he really believes that Zimmerman is the “assailant”.

    1. Spot on with his opinion as Mr. Zimmerman being the “assailant” that’s for sure. Listen to it again. That’s what he says.

      1. I caught that and I attributed that to him biting his tongue while trying not to let his volatile emotions get the best of him. It’s out of character for him to give his opinion without going into a loud emotional tirade. That’s why I give him so much credit for his remarks.

  6. Coward => Kobe changes tune on Martin comments – says he was wronged ! Breitbart has the post on March 27th….

    1. odin147, they certainly do. Moreover, they fail to realize that as only 14% of the population, OBama got a lot of votes from non-racist whites (including me the first time he ran). You tell me who is racist.

  7. I noticed too but I know that I am not a polished speaker (although I know lots of words! :)!) I can chose an inappropriate word occasionally! I’m going to give him a break because he seems to believe that getting FACTS, rather than acting emotionally, is a great belief!!! I agree!

  8. What an erudite man of CHARACTER! And if that is what Kobi meant (and I think it was!) then I include Kobi as a man of character. And, basically, Mr. Stephen Smith was elucidating the Golden Rule: Do Unto To Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You. THINK, PEOPLE!!!

  9. I like listening to Mr. Smith and often find his commentary refreshing and straightforward. That said, not sure it was helpful to characterize Martin as having been “gunned down” since that seems a rather “emotional” residual from the case. Additionally, not sure how accurate it is to claim that acting emotionally causes one to lose “cache” given that the prime mover in the Brawley case, Rev. Al, seems to be thriving. Perhaps wishful thinking on his part…

    1. I have respect for Mr. Smith because, although he may not be a polished speaker (God knows that there are times that my choice of words is not the best!) I’m going to give him a break because he seems to believe that getting FACTS, rather than acting emotionally, is a great belief!!! I agree!

      1. He didn’t seem to have much to say on the subject of Tawana Brawley case,even with Arsenio trying to bait him.

    2. He had to add some political speak in order to even be listened to. You have to pretend to go along with some of the BS in order to be able to speak truthfully. It’s a tightwire act for any Black to disagree with the accepted leftist mantra.

  10. When black people came out in defense of Trayvon and started to immediately name middle schools after him I was disgusted. I don’t think Zimmerman was perfect, but it was a very convoluted situation, and yet I do believe George had the right to defend himself. That has nothing to do with race, simply how I personally saw the story. But to make Trayvon into the little angel and without looking at the facts turning the events of that night into a race crime simply gave credence to the feeling that the notion that color is blind is a fallacy.

  11. I have to hand it to Stephen A. Smith for being spot on, by speaking from intelligence instead of emotions! Beware of your emotions it can be more dangerous than ignorance……

    What Stephen Smith was saying; The degree of one’s emotions varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts. Emotions are very unstable and should never be the foundation for direction to your life.

    1. I concur. Ironically, I often get the er, feeling that emotions are more often close to useless. Hey hey. No, really.

    2. Be quick to think and slow to speak.Words have power and once spoken,can never be taken back.

  12. Bravo Mr. Smith.Spot on!Very good interview.The silence from the audience was deafening.Says a lot.

  13. The fact that you do not like the way someone is looking at you is not justification for physically attacking him You scare a person enough who is carrying and you too just might end up getting shot dead. His life will never be the same and you will be dead.

    1. Yup, the truth is sometimes hard to hear. Especially for the uneducated who actually thrive on being in the that one monolithic group he spoke of.

  14. I want to believe that Stephen A. would defend any black who made a comment like Bryant’s. Not so sure since Stephen A. and Kobe are very tight. On the other hand , Smith has stood up before and disagreed with the typical group think of black leftists, PC and knee jerk reaction. He’s O.K. in my book. Was spot on in saying the facts need to be looked at rather than emotion taking over. Kobe’s comments and Stephen A.’s defense of those comments won’t suddenly change things…but it’s a good way of chipping away at the problem.

  15. Finally, black men who are not continuing to be shackled to fear, distrust and humiliation by black women. Congratulations, men.

  16. Very good. I thought he handled that very well despite the audience being clearly against him (silence says alot). Reminds me of the recent reaction from the audience on Maher’s show when he faked out folks about the “Paul Ryan” quote.

    1. I don’t think people go to these shows expecting to be taken out of their comfort zones.

  17. I’m a bit surprised by Stephen A. Smith’s position on T. Martin because Smith is usually a highly emotional person and generally seems to be quick to form an opinion. Good for him in this instance that he’s taken a more deliberate, let’s-hear-the-facts approach and then form an opinion.

    1. Army Pilot:
      Stephen A. Smith may seem emotional, but he is very intellectual. He has been on Hannity several times disagreeing with Obamas policies. He says he is registered as an Independent.

      1. I had only heard him on sports-type shows, and he seemed to always be amped-up to the max. On those shows he also seemed to form an opinion on a sports related topic and then stuck to it regardless of facts. I know he’s intelligent, but he is also generally very emotional. I salute him for backing off a bit on the T. Martin case.

        1. They all seem to be “amped up to the max” on ESPN. Sometimes I watch Around the Horn with my husband and they don’t talk, they yell.

        2. That’s the main reason why I won’t watch any sports show he’s on. I find Smith to be excessively verbose, gregarious, obnoxious and overbearing.

      2. He is a sell out. He knows nothing of any great importance about politics. He needs to stay in his lane. Sports.

  18. Is anyone else having trouble with comments this morning? I have 2 notifications, but when I try to view them the only comment there is one from American Thinker 10 months ago. Very weird. I changed my email at AT, but that should not have affected anything else. My avatar over there disappeared too.

    1. I don’t know if it’s the same problem, but I read replies on my “smart” phone and then I don’t see them on the laptop.

      1. Thanks Doc, for taking the time to reply. This a.m. it seems to be back in order so perhaps there was weekend maintenance or something related to the new dashboard (which I just discovered yesterday).

    1. Nope. The last 46 911 calls your ” hero”, made were all about AA males. The white teen would be alive and well.

  19. It should also be pointed out though that Kobe Bryant does believe that Trayvon was unjustifiably killed.

    1. That is not surprising. All three networks falsified the initial reports, video, audio, photos all edited. Whether both George and Trayvon were in the wrong was entirely lost and most viewers know and repeat falsehoods.
      That the media was so corrupt that they would wifully endanger a person and ruin his life caused me to turn off my dish. I will NOT pay one more cent to any company that will put it in the coffers of nbc, cnn or abc. I get my news entirely off the internet and radio now.

    1. I agree… Stephen A made that point pretty clear….I like Stephen A but I think his emotions got the best of him…

    2. I pointed that out, also. It seems that emotionally charged phrase slipped through without notice.

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