American Football

Kobe Bryant calls for more education to tackle racism

The 41-year-old, a five-time NBA champion, lived in Italy from the age of six to 13 while his father played professional basketball.He developed a love of soccer there, but also witnessed racism first hand before moving back to the United States where he spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. "It's always education and understanding that racism is a thing that's been a part of our culture for a while," Bryant told CNN's Andy Scholes at a Major League Soccer event in California."Even though now we've come such a long way but there's still so much to be done and I think education is always the most important thing."READ: FIFA and UEFA 'may as well have stood in stands' with racists, says ex-England starThere have been a number of high-profile incidents of racism in football in recent times, notably in Italy, and not just limited to fan behavior at games. In December, anti-racism artwork commissioned by Serie A was widely condemned as racist for its use of monkeys. In the same month, the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport received significant backlash for its "Black Friday" headline above a picture of black players Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku."When I was growing up in Italy, I've obviously witnessed it first-hand going to certain soccer matches and things of that nature," added Bryant."My parents have taught me and educated me on how to deal with those sorts of things."Read More – Source