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Bryant causes outrage with Turkish Airlines deal

 Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards shooting guard Nick Young (1) during the first half ...
 Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, center, drives to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich (12) and Al Thornton (14) d...
 Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts with teammate Ron Artest, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against t...

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Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards shooting guard Nick Young (1) during the first half ...

Lakers Wizards Basketball

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, center, drives to the basket against Washington Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich (12) and Al Thornton (14) d...

Lakers Wizards Basketball

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) reacts with teammate Ron Artest, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against t...

Kobe Bryant's two-year endorsement deal with Turkish Airlines has enraged some Armenian Americans who are threatening to boycott the Los Angeles Lakers star.
Turkish Airlines says Bryant will appear next year as its "global brand ambassador" in advertisements promoting the March start of nonstop flights between Istanbul and Los Angeles, according to a story Thursday in the Los Angeles Times.
The tension stems from Turkey's denial that about 1.5 million Armenian deaths from 1915-19 constituted genocide. Turkey instead describes the deaths as the result of civil unrest during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
There are about 700,000 Armenian Americans in California.


Updated : 2021-10-24 14:54 GMT+08:00