Black Public Scholars

December 17, 2010

Kobe Bryant’s Evolving Public Image

Filed under: Uncategorized — Staff @ 3:54 pm

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

This week it was announced that Kobe Bryant, star of the Los Angeles Lakers, is leading the nation in All-Star votes. Bryant has over 722,000 votes thus far and is on his way toward once again being America’s favorite basketball player (well, he might already be there). He is more popular than his nemesis, LeBron James, who lost a bulk of his popularity after improperly orchestrating his move to Miami. At the same time, the criticism of James was inherently unfair.

What’s interesting about LeBron vs. Kobe is that one guy has always been a team player and stayed out of trouble. The other one was being accused of rape just a few years ago and was also once known as a prima donna who wouldn’t pass the ball to anyone other than himself. My oh my how times have changed.

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