UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
SI Wire

Kobe Bryant fires back at Jim Brown over comments

Kobe Bryant doesn't think Nelson Mandela or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would approve of Jim Brown's comments about him. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images) Kobe Bryant questioned Jim Brown's comments about understanding "our culture." (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant fired back at Hall of Famer Jim Brown on Thursday in response to comments the former Cleveland Browns running back made this week about Bryant not understanding "our culture."

Brown was a guest on Tuesday's Arsenio Hall Show, and when Hall brought up the subject of Bryant returning from his Achilles injury, Brown praised the five-time NBA Champion for being an "unbelievable athlete." But he went on to say that the fact that he was raised overseas keeps him from understanding a part of history:

"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.” [h/t/ Jake O'Donnell at Sportsgrid]

MAHONEY: LeBron James is right: ‘There is no real rivalry in the NBA these days’

The 35-year-old Bryant, who lived in Italy from 1984-1991, responded on Thursday, questioning Brown's comments in a tweet:

https://twitter.com/kobebryant/status/411176515712204800

Footage of Brown's comments here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTnEVqFQhZY

SI WIRE: Warriors sign Hilton Armstrong to help frontcourt

More SI Wire

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again