ESPN Attacks Kobe for Black Ops Commercial and gets spanked in their comment section

ESPN asks whether Kobe should be appearing in a commercial for an evil, violent video game. The real story is in ESPNs comment sections for this story however. Even non-gamers are incensed.


"And then last week, he went home and was watching a game when a new commercial for "Call of Duty: Black Ops" came on his television. Seen through Walker's eyes, the content was bad enough. A woman in high heels, a hotel concierge, a guy in a fast-food worker's outfit -- they're all shooting automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades in an urban warfare setting.

He was already disgusted, but about halfway through the spot, Walker did a double take: Wait! Wasn't that Kobe Bryant?"

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himdeel2467d ago

Only problem I have with Kobe in this commercial is that he should've gone for laser sights instead of rpg launcher...what a n00b lol

TheHater2467d ago

the only problem I have with him in the commercial is that he was noobtubing. What a noob :)

Igneel2467d ago

These guys sounds like freaking B1tches and I really really Mean it. What the hell is so shocking about the commercial? You just know these ''Higher'' Class of people just dint grew up having fun in their lives. Lmao

Cregan4584onYouTube2467d ago

@himdeel LMAO great comment dude. Bubbles and shit

Boody-Bandit2466d ago (Edited 2466d ago )

I watch this show (1st n 10) on ESPN almost every day.
I was watching the day this aired. I knew somebody would make a story out of it when I was listening to them debate this.

The red head (Skip Bayless) has admitted several times before to never playing video games.

They were mostly viewing it more from an NBA league rules perspective than anything. This is how most people that don't game view violent games. Personally I think everyone (politicians, school teachers, talk show host, etc and so on) should keep their traps shut when they have no hands on experience with gaming.

I think the commercial is great.

The best part? Right after they were done debating this they cut to commercial and guess what they aired? Yup, this very commercial they were bitching about.

BTW himdeel
Jimmy Kimmel has the rocket launcher (proud noob) not Kobe. Kobe was toobing. Machine gun (mamba) with a grenade launcher attached to it. Unless there is a newer version of the commercial I haven't seen yet.

Corepred42466d ago

Get women out of my ESPN!! except for that chick on sportsnation, she's hot.

AtatakaiSamurai2466d ago

Wow, that's a lot of hating. i'm sure they would have turned down this ad if they asked them.

ArmrdChaos2466d ago

Football, hockey, and boxing...all violent sports yet prominently displayed on this network...yeh act shocked you a$$hats. I bet when these guys were younger they played cops and robbers or maybe the elderly man to the right may of played cowboys and indians. I don't hear anyone bitching about either of those.

BattleAxe2466d ago

These pundits on this show are all a bunch of frickin noobs.

seinfan2466d ago

Kobe is an NBA superstar, looked up to by many young kids. If they see him wielding a weapon in a commercial and having fun with it, they could see that as guns being okay to handle. He's setting a bad example. As a young adult, I don't see a real problem with it for ME. But I do see it as a problem for children.

Spydiggity2466d ago (Edited 2466d ago )

the dude on the right is such an over-dramatic, ignorant flamer. you'd think his producer would have cut him off or something.

DarkTower8052466d ago

What's wrong with kids handling and shooting guns? This is what's going wrong with the pussification of the U.S., especially communistic states like New York and California. Guns are not bad, people are bad. I own guns and I also have my 10 year old shoot with me regularly. When taught the right way, shooting can be a safe and fun recreation for all.

This is one reason I love COD, they have introduced a whole new generation to the world of firearms, and reinvigorated it. The AR type of rifles are more popular than ever as a result.

On topic, I hate Kobe, but after I saw this ad, not so much anymore. I applaud his decision to do this ad. These ESPN prudes need to get a clue, but with them being in the biggest anti-gun state next to California I am not surprised by this.

Dac2u2466d ago

Would it have been as bad if he had acted in a movie, instead? If Kobe was in an action movie, shooting real people in a realistic way, the only comments made would have been people rolling their eyes and saying: "Great, another athlete trying to act."

Sheikh Yerbouti2466d ago (Edited 2466d ago )

We celebrate soldiers. Children and adults do on Veteran's Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day...every day if you are lucky to know a real American hero in your father or mother.

What's the matter with emulating our soldier. We watch their exploits in film. War isn't pretty...but I'm thankful for the American soldier, and I am glad some little boys and girls want to join their ranks because of these games.

Dude is a mamby pamby punk.

No Way2466d ago

My thoughts exactly.. it'd be a diff story if it was a movie.
But, everyoneeeeee hates video games. Fuckers. >.<

christian hour2466d ago


Guns dont kill people RAPPERS DO! :P

seinfan2466d ago (Edited 2466d ago )

You're an idiot. I'm talking about kids that don't have the mental capacity to realize that handling a firearm is dangerous. If a five year old were to grab his father's gun and accidentally shoot himself in the face, would you still say "the US is so pussified. Get over it. The kid should have known how to handle the gun." Or how about if your kid had an accident? I doubt you'll consider yourself parent of the year.

DarkTower8052466d ago

Are you really that thickheaded? A firearm should always be locked up when not being used, that's why we have this invention called a "gun safe", and "gun locks". Do you think gun owners just leave their guns lying around locked and loaded with kids in their house? YOU little boy, are the idiot!

seinfan2466d ago (Edited 2466d ago )

Right, because you NEVER hear about a kid accidentally killing himself or others with a gun. In fact, it's logically impossible!

Get your head out of your ass. Not every parent is mindful or gives a shit. And it's scary how many sick fucks are on this site that disagrees with the possibility of such a real situation in defense of a video game ad.

DarkTower8052466d ago

I once in a while hear about accidents involving kids and guns, but I'll refer you to my original comment,"guns are not bad, people are bad". You find me a story involving gun accident and I'll find you a bad parent in the same story. We need to stop this blaming of guns, rap music, video games, movies/cartoons for all the bad kids and bad things that happen. Parents need to take responsibility for the kids they have, end of story.

You're out of bubbles (most likely for your linear, childish views) and I'm out of time. I have to go clean my guns and then play some Black Ops haha.

pixelsword2466d ago (Edited 2466d ago )

These same ESPN idiots who whine about Kobe being in these commercials are the same idiots who will whine that there are americans who don't "support the troops" who use these same guns.

Rainstorm812466d ago

"if this was GTA 54 and Kobe was in the commercial, then people would take notice....."

But this isnt GTA its COD a military war game....i could somewhat understand the arguement if it was gta..... the sad thing is half these people support these wars, so its cool for real men and women to go to war and die but not for people to play a game about it?

BTW all the people that say "OMG?! but teh kids" Last i checked the game was rated M17+ soooooooooooo..........

Marquis_de_Sade2466d ago

It's a fairly outlandish attack on videogames, but let's be honest, CoD is American paranoia in pixel form.

ISay2466d ago

love it. just peed my pants

AngryTypingGuy2466d ago (Edited 2466d ago )

DarkTower said it best...the pussification of America. The saddest part is that the out-of-touch media thinks that they can put on a holier-than-thou front and think that they're speaking for America, when they're really not.

When the media uses the phrase, "People are OUTRAGED!", most of the time they're not outraged at all. 9 times out of 10, the only people that are "outraged" are these small little minority groups that have a stick up their ass. The problem is that advertisers and corporations often have knee jerk reactions when one of these small minority groups expresses their displeasure. People just need to learn to ignore them, and they'll go away after a little while because they don't have any true passion.

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hamsterfist2467d ago

I hope people do, this is one of the most insane attacks on videogames I have ever seen. Come on people, get outraged.

FishCake9T42467d ago

Im English and the press here is just the same. PS Who the fak are the presenters? Never heard of them. But every body has heard of Kobe.

RedDragan2466d ago

I've never heard of Kobe. Who the **** is he?

visualb2466d ago

this is just an indirect advertisement of the game

"good news is good, bad news is better"

MariaHelFutura2466d ago (Edited 2466d ago )

The funny thing is they don`t have a problem w/ kids carrying shotguns and frag breaching rooms. Just Kobe.

BTW, I love the commercial. It`s not real.

KillerBBs2466d ago

about Kobe is this add.

Who's ESPN to cast the first stone. They had a show about beating your wife and doing drugs... Play Makers! They chicken out of the second season because of pressure from the NFL. ESPN went on record stating they are not going to make a second season because, it upset their biggest client "the NFL". How can the be a new orginization and report news if there biggest client is the NFL. ESPN doesn't report news they make it. [email protected] them.