The Jay Graves Report

Why kneelin’ is too volatile of an act for Kobe Bryant! “Stop Frontin’!”

Kobe rocks the "I Can't Breathe" joint in support of Eric Garner who was killed by New York City police. Photo:

Kobe told a boy on Wednesday that if he were still hoopin’ that he would take a knee durin’ the national anthem. While on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast they asked him what he would do durin’ the anthem if he were still in the league and had a game tonight. Ole boy said, “Kneel.”

Well playboy…let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! Stand on your head if you really think that the Mamba would really take a knee durin’ the national anthem as worried about his image and brand as he was for 20 years. I say that because we all know that ole boy was extremely careful about pickin’ sides on issues like this because he was always concerned about bein’ on the wrong side of the fence once the facts came out. The Mamba didn’t typically jump out there on social issues but he did rock the “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt after Eric Garner was killed by New York City police. The video was way too clear and it was safe for him to support that cause because the t-shirt wasn’t as volatile as kneelin’ durin’ the anthem.

Now I’m not sayin’ that he didn’t care about certain issues. He just wasn’t goin’ to upset the fan base in the process.

Think about it bruh, he played in the league for 20 years and rarely opened his mouth about anything. Why? Because he was afraid to end up on the speculative side of things. Remember when he opened his mouth to tell black folks to wait until the facts came out to be upset about a dun killin’ a kid and not bein’ arrested for it.

C’mon playa, don’t act like you don’t remember when he took crazy heat from real cats out here durin’ the Trayvon Martin situation. Okay, remember when Dwyane Wade changed his Twitter profile picture to a shot of himself in a hooded sweatshirt a day or so after Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman? He used the hashtags hoodies, stereotype, trayvonmartin in the post with the photo. That same day just hours later the entire Miami Heat team followed suit and posted a picture of the team in hoodies on LeBron’s Twitter account.

Now keep in mind that boyz were up in arms because Zimmerman had yet to be arrested or charged with any type of crime at the time those photos went up on social media. Even though he’d admitted to killin’ the kid and he wasn’t a cop or anything close to bein’ law enforcement he was still on the streets. He didn’t even have the authority to stop the kid and ask him a darn thing yet he hadn’t been arrested. So people had the right to be upset that this kid was dead as a result of this foolishness and the perpertrator of that crime hadn’t been arrested or charged.

Kobe jumped out of the birthday cake butt naked foamin’ at the mouth tellin’ boyz that they needed to wait until all of the facts come out before they start jumpin’ to conclusions. Remember that? That’s him bein’ worried about his money instead of him usin’ his heart to make sense of some foolishness bein’ foolishness.

Boyz weren’t jumpin’ to conclusions. They just wanted Zimmerman, at the very least, to be arrested for shootin’ and killin’ an unarmed kid for walkin’ down the darn street.

We didn’t hear from the Mamba durin’ the Michael Brown (Ferguson joint), the Sandra Bland death or the Freddie Gray death because there wasn’t available footage of the incident so he stayed clear of that foolishness. Even though the Tamir Rice shootin’ death was caught on tape we didn’t hear from him. There was a lot goin’ on at the time and we only heard from the Mamba after the Eric Garner death because it was caught on tape and wearin’ the t-shirt didn’t anger people the same way kneelin’ durin’ the national anthem would have.

So I’m just goin’ off of the dun’s track record. Would he take a knee today in support of protestin’ against police brutality, racial and social injustice at the height of this explosive racial climate in America today? I doubt very seriously that he would. It’s easy to front now because he’s not playin’. When he had the platform to do so he rarely did because he was so worried about his brand and kneelin’ would take it to an entirely different level. If Cam Newton can lose his endorsement deal with Dannon Yogurt for makin’ light of a female reporter askin’ him about routes. Kobe Bryant isn’t takin’ a knee in 2017. So stop with this foolishness “If I was playin’ today I would take a knee.” Stop me when I start lyin’!

Playas Thesaurus: 

1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.

2) Frontin’: verb – to be bluff, to be fake about somethin’

The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”

The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!