When Kobe Bryant speaks, people generally take note. Bryant has championed many social causes including homelessness, so no one was surprised when Bryant voiced his outrage over the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.
After a night of unrest across America in the wake of the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, Bryant took to social media early Tuesday morning.
Asked to speak more on the situation following Tuesday's Los Angeles Lakers practice, Bryant expressed a thoughtful response.
Bryant started, "It's such a higher level of conversation to have in terms of the legal justice system and how the laws are written and how the way the system is written gives the ability for [Wilson] to get off from these types of situations under the guidelines of the law."
Bryant, who visited the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin after he was shot unarmed by George Zimmerman, is no stranger to the type of tragedy Michael Brown's family was experiencing.
"You could sit here and argue about it until we're blue in the face. Protest about it," Bryant expressed frustrations. "But until we have a serious legal system conversation, it's going to keep on happening."
Bryant was not entirely confident his words would have any impact, but that didn't stop him from making his points.
"I don't know if it helps or not," Bryant said. "But I have an opinion and I'm not bashful to use it. I don't know if it helps or not. We all have opinions. If I feel a certain way about something, I'm more than willing to say it."