Kobe Bryant's Trayvon Martin Controversy

By Ben McGrath, The New Yorker - April 2, 2014

I had no particular expectation of controversy when I asked Kobe Bryant about the Miami Heat players’ Twitter activism in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, posing in hoodies as a protest against racial profiling. It was, if anything, a so-called softball question, meant to confirm my impression that Bryant, the subject of my Profile in last week’s magazine, who had spoken proudly of his participation in Bill Clinton’s Health Matters Initiative, was more politically engaged than his idol Michael Jordan.

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