Kobe Bryant Steps in Middle of Century-Old Feud

Kobe Bryant has become accustomed to being in the public’s crosshairs. But according to the LA Times, he’s just alienated a whole new demographic by stepping in the middle of a century-old fight. Outraged that Bryant has signed on as a spokesman for Turkish Airlines,  Armenian-Americans are calling for him to back out of the contract. The bitter feud between Turks and Armenians dates back to the early 20th century when Ottoman forces killed 1.5 million Armenians. For decades, Armenians have tried, unsuccessfully, to get the Turkish government to acknowledge the mass killings as genocide. The Times says there are about 600,000 to 700,000 Armenians living in southern California, most of who are Lakers fans.

Read the Turkish Airlines press release about Kobe’s new position.


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