Check this out. The ESPN roundtable on this year's NBA MVP. It's Kobe in a squeaker....
This leapt out at me, though: of the white voters, five voted for someone other than Kobe. (Abbot, Ford, Hollinger, Legler, and Sheridan.)
Two white voters voted for Kobe. (Stein, Thorpe.)
Of the black voters, one voted for someone other than Kobe. (Palmer.)
Seven black voters voted for Kobe. (Adande, Brooks, Broussard, Hill, M. Jackson, S. Jackson, Rose.)
87.5% of black voters went for Kobe. 28.6% of white voters voted for Kobe.
You know, I've argued for years that the media's hatred of Kobe had more to do with Jordan than with the rape charges. Maybe I'm just a damn idiot. I don't know how else you get that kind of racial split on a matter of basketball unless it's Kobe and the white girl at the root of it.
It'll be fascinating to see how the final ballot goes. I may have to go back to that long post a few days back and offer up a big "Never Mind."