Video: Kobe on patriotism

posted at 5:46 pm on August 16, 2008 by Allahpundit

So affecting is his sincerity that we got three separate requests for this last night within minutes of it airing, one of them from MKH. As for Collinsworth’s question, I don’t know how to take it, frankly. From the transcript it reads like he’s making a neutral point about how American culture views patriotism, but watch his expression as he asks it. Clearly he’s not trying to get him to say, “Yeah, you’re right, it’s stupid to be proud of your country” in the middle of their Olympics coverage, but … weirdness.

Good work by NBC, though, in dousing a poignant moment in hokey musical cheese, just in case there were any chimps watching who can’t grasp the sentiment without an orchestral cue. Click the image to watch.

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Kobe sure is a great America athlete. I am proud to have him represent the USA at the Olympics. His answer is the best tribute to our country a person can give.

kanda on August 17, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Hey, at least Collingsworth didn’t say, “Kobe, tell me how my a$$ tastes!”

Jim Treacher on August 17, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Kobe’s awesome! Love our American basketball team representing the U.S. in the Olympics. All are great Americans.

byteshredder on August 17, 2008 at 1:54 PM

It was very cool that he was present last night with LeBron James at the Water Cube for gold medal #8… he seems to be honestly excited about representing the USA at the Olympics. His comments actually got me more interested in watching further.

blueguitarbob on August 17, 2008 at 2:39 PM

The Olympics have been great and some great Americans participating give me hope that this country is not lost in a culuture of celebrity brainlessness.

Then I am reminded that John Edwards cynically used them to hide the reporting of his affair and payoffs to his mistress, and Barrack Hussein used them to hide one of his three debates with his opposition for the presidency.

Disgraceful, vacuous, arrogant human debris hiding behind Great Americans. I guess it has always been so and will always be.

dhunter on August 17, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Seems to me that Collinsworth was just putting a fat batting practive fastball in the middle of the plate for Kobe to knock out of the park, and he did.

Goal Kobe, Assist Cris.

Metro on August 17, 2008 at 5:08 PM

New Kobe fan here, that was excellent.

NoDonkey on August 17, 2008 at 9:52 PM

You can watch Kobe pwn Collinsworth here.


I clicked the link with enormous skepticism that this could be true.

It’s true. Kobe sent Collinsworth into the cheap seats like a rejected set shot at the YMCA. Did you see the look on his face?

Jaibones on August 17, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Wow. Even if Kobe is just trying to burnish his image, he did a great job of it.

Collinsworth gets an F on this one. I mean, if you don’t believe in your country, why bother with the Olympics? Kobe Bryant has 3 NBA championships and a league MVP award, he has nothing else to prove in his sport. He is risking a career-ending injury by playing in the Olympics and nobody would have faulted him for not doing it. So why question him this way at all? He has answered the question already, just by showing up!

rockmom on August 18, 2008 at 10:21 AM

…and that you’re fighting for the red, white and blue? It seems sort of like a day gone by….

Um, maybe it’s a day gone by for the MSM. And what’s up with “fighting”? It’s the Olympics, you MSM-tool, not D-Day.

Kobe had great responses, but he’s no fool. He’s paid millions of dollars to play basketball; he knows what endorsements he’d lose if he answered Collinsworth’s questions in any other way.

But – he’s still just an overpaid athlete competing in what is supposed to be an Olympics with amateur athletes.

Good on Kobe for what he said, but let’s keep it in perspective.

KrisinNE on August 18, 2008 at 10:49 AM