Originally Posted by lawdog1
All right. I respect your opinion, but not sure I agree with it. Typically, people have to earn the benefit of the doubt. And I don't know that Kobe has in this situation. But its not for me to say. In the end, I agree with those who are saying nobody did anything wrong here. Genuine or not, it was good for Kobe to make the gesture to talk to Smith again. But she also has the right to question his motives.
To build on this comment this isn't who Kobe has been for the last two decades. Can someone flip the switch and change on a dime or is there an ulterior motive? Kobe is in a tough spot(that he put himself in) with his behavior over the last twenty years. He hasn't needed the media as long as he could get on the floor and do something spectacular to make everyone look on in awe. Kobe wielded the power to make his own case by his phenomenal play. He can't do that anymore. Now others, including the media, will still have their say and he won't be able to make a rebuttal because Kobe was never anything more than an outstanding basketball player. Once you hang up the sneakers you are just left with what kind of man you are.
Not saying there is any way of knowing how things go for Kobe going forward or how he will be perceived/remembered, but less is in his hands than previously.
Maybe he becomes a great humanitarian and starts looking out for other people. Up to him.
But as it stands Smith has every right to question his motive. Either he was genuine and just has very suspicious timing or he's putting on an act. At the current time they look the same.