Kobe Bryant vs. The Kardashians!

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Well, not really. But writing that headline felt good so I just went with it. It seems that Kobe Bryant and the Southern California community of over 600,000 Armenian Americans (which include Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian) are not seeing eye to eye now that Bryant has signed on to become the global brand ambassador for Turkish Airlines. The Los Angeles Times has the breakdown:

“For years, Armenian Americans have pushed the U.S. to recognize the early 20th century killings of some 1.5 million Armenians in what was then the Ottoman Empire as genocide, a term the Turkish government has strenuously rejected.

California has 600,000 to 700,000 Armenians, with a heavy concentration in Southern California, said Haram Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America.

“Many of them are fans of the Lakers and fans of Kobe, at least until now,” he said.”

Until now. So will Kobe pull out of his deal? We will see but the whole situation is a great example of the importance of good business counsel in these affairs. This is like associating with an anti-Muslim campaign in Michigan or anti-Ethiopian business in Washington, D.C, something that an adviser well versed in international business could attest to. But worse of all, it’s anti-Kardashian, which means it’s kind of a dis to Lamar Odom too, right? Right? I’m using the Life & Style method of association, but still may be onto something…

Kobe Bryant’s deal with Turkish Airlines outrages Armenian Americans – LA Times