Kobe Bryant’s Death Sends Shockwaves Through Sports World
Jan 26, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) wears jersey number 8 to start the game to honor the memory of former NBA player Kobe Bryant prior to the game against the Washington Wizards at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Kobe Bryant tragically died yesterday in a horrific helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. The crash claimed the lives of Bryant, his second daughter, Gianna, and seven others.
Kobe was idolized and the favorite of many athletes and people around not just the sports community but the entire world.
Here are some of the reactions of athletes on his death. You will notice it isn’t just basketball as his presence was felt in football, hockey, baseball, and soccer.
— Tobias Harris (@tobias31) January 26, 2020
I will remember Kobe as a basketball legend,a father& a man. Watching him&Gigi share their relationship with us is something I won’t ever forget. My heart aches for his wife, children& family. I hope the waves of love being sent to his family can ease some of the pain they feel.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) January 27, 2020
This shit hurt my heart… not Kobe ?
— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) January 26, 2020
The Lakers' team plane arrived back in LA hours after the death of franchise legend Kobe Bryant. Players could be seen embracing as they gathered and shared a tearful moment on the tarmac at LAX. https://t.co/Pe99QrkbmX pic.twitter.com/xP7zHN9ctW
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) January 26, 2020
Spencer Dinwiddie tears up talking about his interaction with Bryant last month. Said Kobe told him he’s an All-Star in his book, so he doesn’t care if he gets selected. He will always have that. pic.twitter.com/FYmCpzPsWw
— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) January 27, 2020
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 27, 2020
DeMar DeRozan with a heartfelt message on what Kobe Bryant meant to him. pic.twitter.com/ka69lTsJxL
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 27, 2020
Trae Young is the first player to have a 45-point double-double with under 25 field goal attempts against the Washington Wizards, since Kobe Bryant on December 17, 2006. pic.twitter.com/xHFewuzb7Z
— Kevin Keneely (@KevinKeneely1) January 27, 2020
Real tears. Unreal man. Shit makes no sense. How is the world going to take Kobe from us so soon? Can’t even speak man. This is awful. Prayers to everyone!
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) January 26, 2020
No No No No No Please God No
— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) January 26, 2020
— DOMINIC SMITH (@TheRealSmith2_) January 26, 2020
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
Man I don’t even know where to start?? I started playing ball because of KOBE after watching the 2010 finals. I had never watched ball before that and that finals was the turning point of my life. I WANTED TO BE LIKE KOBE. I’m so FREAKING SAD right now!!!!
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 26, 2020
Laker Nation, the game of basketball & our city, will never be the same without Kobe. Cookie & I are praying for Vanessa, his beautiful daughters Natalia, Bianka & Capri, as well as his parents Joe & Pam & his sisters. We will always be here for the Bryant family. pic.twitter.com/WWxmtEAJqZ
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 26, 2020
…This S*** can’t be real… this the first moment I was able to meet Gianna Maria, she’s been to only 3 games this year… 2 of them were mine… She told me I was her favorite player to watch?? I can’t believe this??
Rest Easy Gigi?? pic.twitter.com/IfDrE9Gjlv
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 26, 2020
Gran gesto de Neymar ?? pic.twitter.com/XhtLdMe8Ti
— FC Barcelona ?? (@FCBarcelona_GO) January 26, 2020
We miss you already Kobe ????????
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) January 26, 2020
?????? this is so sad! RIP??? pic.twitter.com/5ykf0drVSG
— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) January 26, 2020
Life’s way too short.
My favorite athlete of all time is gone…
— Jamal Adams (@Prez) January 26, 2020