When tweeting goes wrong: Commemorative 9/11 pic with Kobe Bryant spark criticism

When tweeting goes wrong: Commemorative 9/11 pic with Kobe Bryant spark criticism

Take a look at this picture. What do you think the #NeverForget is commemorating? Well, inspite of the ribbon Kobe is wearing,  many fans and many people took offense to the picture they believed was commemorating Lakers Kobe Bryant’s afro. In fact, it’s a picture the Lakers organization has used to commemorate 9/11. 

"Never Forget" pic with Kobe Bryant

“Never Forget” pic with Kobe Bryant

The tweeted pic went up today and was then taken down followed by an apologetic statement:

“We apologize to anyone who took this differently than we intended and were therefore offended by it,” Lakers spokesman John Black said in an e-mail. “We used a photo of how we commemorated 9/11 in the 2001-02 season, shortly after the tragedy occurred, because we wanted to show our support of what we felt at that time and continue to feel now.  Out of respect for the intensely personal nature of how people remember this day, and that we recognize that not everyone understood the intent of our message, we pulled down our tweet and photo.  Ultimately, our intent was to honor the spirit of remembering a day that we should all never forget.”

What do you think? Should the pic have been taken down?

On a side note: I hope we DO forget that afro.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

 

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