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I Finally Respect Kobe Bryant…

And All it Took Was Cris Collinsworth Sounding Unpatriotic.

Cris Collinsworth asked Kobe what he thought when he first received his Olympic jersey, and Kobe said he was in awe. He said, “I had goosebumps. I just laid it across my bed and stared at it for a while. … This is the ultimate in basketball.”

Collinsworth then asked, “Where does the patriotism come from inside of you? Historically, what is it?”

Kobe said, “Well, you know it’s just our country, it’s… we believe it’s the greatest country in the world. It has given us so many great opportunities, and it’s just a sense of pride that you have; that you say ‘You know what? Our country is the best!’”

He seemed a little bit surprised, so he asked, “Is that a ‘cool’ thing to say, in this day and age? That you love your country, and that you’re fighting for the red, white and blue? It seems sort of like a day gone by.”

View the look on Collinsworth’s face when he says that in this video.

Kobe said, “No, it’s not  a cool thing for me to say. I feel great about it, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I mean, this is a tremendous honor.”

I don’t know what the point of his question was. Maybe he was prodding controversy? Maybe he really did wonder why Kobe loved this great country?

If he does have any questions about why it’s cool to love America, he ought to do some real reporting like Reuters correspondent Chris Buckley did, interviewing rural citizens in September who had come to Beijing to protest their condition. Buckley was beaten and detained for his work.

UPDATE: I’ve written a post on the situation on my media blog analyzing the question in depth. I don’t really think it was unpatriotic per se, just terribly worded.

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10 Responses to “I Finally Respect Kobe Bryant…”

  1. [...] loves the USA….and little white girls with questionable [...]

  2. Bravo Koby. Collinsworth is a pitiful bedwetting liberal, but then again what do you expect from a propeller beanie wearing geek.

  3. We all understand that Kobe Bryant is one of the best players and should get the respect he deserves. I am a big fan of Kobe Bryant.

  4. Cris Collinsworth is worthless. What a moranic thing to say.

    Kobe made him (cris) look as stupid as he is.

  5. I am not a fan of Kobe Bryant when he is on the court for the Lakers. However, to watch Kobe and Team USA play together is something very beautiful and exciting. I do think Team USA is dedicated to bringing back the Gold to the States and claiming our American sport. This team has commited themselves for three years learning and playing under international rules. They are putting emphasis into each win and making sure not to just win by 10 but they want to blow out each team to prove there is no better basketball country in the world. To me I do think it is honorable that Kobe has joined the team which makes for a very long season considering he was playing in the Finals not too long ago and that he needs surgery which he has put off. Chris Collinsworth simply worded that follow up terribly wrong and makes him look more like a jackass than Kobe. What has Collinsworth ever done for this country?

  6. I’m neither a basket ball or any other sports fan, but just hearing the interview with Kobe Bryant and that piece of **** Chris Collinsworth made me very proud of Kobe! Where in the Hell do they find such assholes as this Chris to do interviews anyway? He might do a lot better sucking on the end of a hose cleaning out septic tanks!

  7. What else would you expect from the left wing media station N B C (Nothing But Commies). I believe you have to be a liberal in order to get hired by them. I guess Chris Collinsworth and Barack Hussein Obama feels nothing but distain for the USA and are suprised that some people actually love this country.

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  10. I’ve said that least 2703125 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

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