going live on a very strange and hard Ah, very strange and hard day to overcomes a sports fan.
Um, this is something that I'm sure a lot of people have heard about already.
Um, but I'm I'm gonna say it just just for anybody who hasn't heard of it.
Kobe Bryant passed away today.
Uh, it was in a helicopter crash, and, uh, yeah, and his daughter Jeon was in the in the helicopter with him.
Um, it's so sad.
It's very, very, very sad to have a guy who changed.
Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of people's lives.
Probably more than that, maybe tens of millions of people's lives, hundreds of millions of people's lives.
I don't know that for people out there that aren't sports fans, you're gonna hear that's over reaction.
But Kobe Bryant was was a competitive er through and through.
Kobe Bryant was a guy.
When you think of the most fierce competitors, er, you think of Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant was somebody who inspired people.
Anybody who picked up a basketball for the first time in their life when I picked up basketball for the first time in my life for anybody who doesn't know I did play basketball since I've been playing baseball since I was 878 years old.
And, um, it's funny.
I mean, the whole day I was I was watching ESPN, watching ABC, watching the news, just still trying to get over, just not even trying to get over but trying to fathom everything that just happened.
And I remember one of my earliest basketball memories when I was a child was I wasn't even able to watch.
Kobe is a one point game, but yeah, country.
Um, but sorry about that.
But not not even being able watch.
Kobe is 81 point game, but waking up the next morning because I wasn't able to watch it and seem all the highlights on ESPN and how he dropped 81 points and dropped 55 points in the second half against the Toronto Raptors.
So I mean, Kobe, it's it's all I could think about.
That was one of my earliest basketball memories, not even one of my earliest sports memories, but my earliest basketball memory.
I remember watching the calves and the finals of my dad and all this other stuff But I remember being seven years old and what waking up the next morning and watching ESPN before I went to school and seeing Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points the night before against the trial Raptor.
And I was so young in tha basketball.
I barely washed, barely been watching the game for a year, but I remember knowing that it was special.
What he did was special.
I remember when I played basketball in my first basketball league, I wore the number 24 because I loved Kobe Bryant that much because I knew how much of an impact Kobe Bryant had on the game of basketball.
Yes, I loved LeBron because especially because he was a cavalier.
But Kobe Bryant was again.
It was a whole different thing because Kobe was a guy that impacted the game so much.
When I was growing up, LeBron obviously had a huge impact on the city of Cleveland in the game as well.
But me and this is just it's so sad and it's even more said that his daughter lost her life to and it's just it's something that I will not be able to fathom for quite a few days, maybe even weeks.
Um, and I know all the jokes are that nobody'll ever be able to throw trash away to singing Neil. Kobe.
Whatever Kobe is a guy that impacted lives off people all over the sports world.
Not just basketball, but all over the sports world.
It's something that Onley sports fans that only people who played basketball people whose who've played sports Um, that's it.
Something that they understand.
Um, there's I mean, I just I there's certain people like they look up to cops.
They look upto firefighters they look up to to people all over the world.
But sports fans, athletes, they look up to guys like Kobe Bryant, who who just their idols, their idols, that Children were idols to t even t even not even Children but teenagers, guys that are athletes that are growing up, playing sports day in and day out, dedicating their lives in the gym.
That's the Kobe Bryant idolized Guys, guys, I don't let guys like that idolized Kobe Bryant.
And, um, it's funny cause you always hear people sick Mamba mentality, and, uh, it's funny because okay, people who play sports know what the mob mentality is, But I meet my fiance.
She I mean, she she knows enough about basketball.
But I remember I asked her, Do you know what the mob mentality is? And I explained to her story Kobe Bryant. Pau Gasol.
Um, Earth for anybody who doesn't know Kobe Bryant speaks 10 different languages grew up in Italy.
But, I mean, he just He's a very smart lawyer, was a very smart, intelligent guy, and, uh, he would literally speak and game plan in a different language on the court so that nobody else could understand him.
Except for Pau Gasol.
That's the Mamba mentality being able to out think, be able to outsmart, to be able to do whatever it takes to get the upper hand on your opponent.
Kobe Bryant is a guy that again made people made teenagers made kids need, I mean, just anybody want to follow their dreams.
He made people do whatever he made people do.
Whatever it took.
He inspired people to do whatever it took to get to where they wanted to be.
Um, again, there were so many tribute videos and everything going output.
Oh, man, I mean there.
There are so many games where he tours a salaried, hurt his finger or he'd so many injuries and everything that you've gone through, where he would literally will himself to get back up, keep pushing and to get there, um, and and tow win the game.
Even sometimes there was there was something on ESPN.
Uh, E I believe it was his first season in the N B. A 1996.
He, uh, he had two shots to win the game to win a game in his rookie season.
And the air ball? Both of them.
Um, he said in an interview, If I miss the last shot, I don't care.
That's the mentality that a lot of sports fans have to have is they're not afraid to fail.
And that's something that Kobe Bryant and many other basketball players helped a lot of other athletes.
A lot of young athletes realized that they're not afraid to fail because failing isn't exactly a bad thing.
Failing is something that helps you learn that helps you grow.
That helps you get better.
And that's something that Kobe Bryant honestly, he helped me learn a somebody who's a young athlete who was a student athlete in high school who who played basketball to not be afraid to be someone that fails because failures and a bad thing.
Kobe Bryant inspired so many people.
He inspired so many young athletes.
So money, not even not even athletes, just fans of the game.
I mean, today was a day that as soon as the news broke it, just if it was, it was sad.
It brought down the whole day.
It made everybody just feel hordes because Kobe Bryant again was a guy that inspired so many people to do their best.
It whatever it waas Kobe Bryant was not just a legend on court, but he was a legend as a person.
But when the news broke, I mean, it was I felt so stupid, like looking back at the story like not even stupid.
But just like they felt so lost, because I was literally in my room taking on the amount of Sunday afternoon just relaxing and my brother Malcolm's and egos, Kobe Bryant just passed away, and I didn't even know what to say.
Like I I was lost because it was like at first there's that sudden shock of like, No, you're joking, right? And then you finally you on your phone, you go on Twitter, you go on Facebook, you go anywhere when you see Kobe Bryant, 41 passes away in a helicopter crash.
Daughter Jeon, a 13 was in the helicopter with It's It's one of those things that makes you kind of look, look around at the people you love and go.
Anything can happen at any time.
So hold your loved ones, dear.
Give him an extra hog and just always let them know that you love them because this life isn't this.
Life is taken for granted by a lot of people, and it's it's sad.
Um, I'm really interested.
I know this may sound stupid, but I'm really interested to see what Robin has to say about all of this because it's no secret that him and the Brown were close.
Um, obviously, the night the night before yesterday, LeBron passed Kobe on the all time scoring list and it was, I mean, obviously was a great great achievement for LeBron James.
And Kobe was there, too, because he knew LeBron is going to break it.
He knew at some point LeBron was going to break the recording.
He wanted to be there to do it here.
He wanted to be there to see it.
And, um, again, it's just sad looking back at the whole situation.
There's a picture going around of LeBron and Kobe shaking hands after LeBron passed him, and, uh, and it's and said less than 24 hours later, and Kobe Bryant isn't here on Earth anymore, and it's just sad.
I know the one video that hit me really hard.
This was the video a few years back when Kobe finally, when he retired and, uh, there was different.
A bunch of different NBA players see honest LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Chris Pole again.
Just a bunch of different guys.
Kyle Lowry to saying thank you to Kobe for paving a way for changing the game more than anybody else ever had in the history of the MBA.
And, um, I mean again, it's just it's so heart wrenching when news like this comes out.
I mean, my whole life, I can maybe I can remember three, three guys, four guys where I'm like, wow, where it really made my heart hurt when this person passed away.
I mean, it is a sports figure.
It is somebody that I'm not saying like, obviously got people that I've known that it passed away, people that are close to me, that passed away, that I'm like, Man, it hurts.
But I'm saying, like people that were famous people, that everybody looked up to people that inspired so many people and people that a lot of kids, a lot of athletes, a lot of parents, even a lot of adults looked up to.
And this is by far the biggest one.
This is the worst celebrity death in a very, very, very, very, very, very, very long time.
Um, I do I remember when I was younger.
Uh, Steven, they're passing way getting shocked.
And I remember I mean, obviously he you played a big role in the football world.
But I was so young when that happened that are really I didn't really know much about it.
But I do remember my dad and my uncle, um, being very upset about that because it's just it was just a sad, unfortunate situation.
I mean, what was it? Just a few weeks ago, David's term passed away.
Um, 2020 is not off to a good start.
Wouldn't put it that way.
Um, again, this is just so, so sad.
Tell me my thoughts and prayers were obviously with, uh, the rest of the Brian family and everybody that was involved in this situation as well as the other families of the people that are there were in the crash as well.
It's just it's so sad to have to go through something like this.
And I'm not even their family.
I don't even know them personally.
It's not like I've ever met Kobe Bryant personally, but I know that is a person.
He has inspired me.
But think about the people that got to be with him every day.
E think about the people that got to.
I talked to him all the time.
I mean, I can't imagine being a part of this in any closer percents, if that makes any sense in a sense, where Kobe Bryant somebody that I saw all the time, I couldn't imagine being a part of that, because again, there's somebody on the outside looking in.
Kobe Bryant was the guy that was fired.
Kobe Bryant was a guy that made me want to pick up basketball and play basketball in my driveway and shoot 50 free throws to try and should try and see the best percentage that I could get to work on my free throw game, to work on my handles, to work on my fade away jump shot, the signature Kobe fade away.
I mean, there's so many things that Kobe inspired me to do on the court, but as well as off the court as well as in the classroom to be able to stay on the basketball court.
There are so many things that Kobe inspired me to do as a person, as an athlete, as a student athlete is somebody that that I just wanted to work hard to be the best of whatever he was doing.
Kobe inspired me to be that, and that's something that I know, not just myself, but a lot of other people are feeling today, too.
Is there sitting in front of televisions and they're watching.
They're watching, eh? NBA player after MBA player, eh? NBA coach after MBA coach get up on the television bawling their eyes out because they can't understand that.
That Kobe Bryant, a guy that inspired so many people, is now lost, is now gone and his has passed away.
It is beyond sad.
It's not sad isn't even a strong enough word to describe how the world is feeling right now.
This is one of those tragic moments that that even if you didn't watch basketball, even if you didn't didn't even keep up with the Los Angeles Lakers or Kobe Bryant or the N B.
In general, you're still heartbroken for this family, for these people, for the fans, for for everybody, because you never want to see anything like this.
We never want to see a 13 year old girl pass away off of something tragic like this.
You never want to see a guy who inspired so many people passed away because of something tragic and so crazy happen like this.
I mean, they talked about it on ESPN.
This guy, he was You flew in a helicopter all the time.
The helicopter was his main way to get around.
He used a helicopter to fly around all over the place.
He used a helicopter more than he used a car and he was constantly just flying around and it was never an issue.
And then just 11 time.
And I know this sounds stupid. I know.
I mean, for anybody out there who's watching right now, I mean, what I was when I first started driving, I would always hear my mom say all it takes is one time for you cannot wear your seat belt in cars.
All it takes is one time to be looking down at your phone or looking over in the passenger seat are looking in the back seat.
All it takes is one time.
I never thought of it like, Yeah, you're right.
Because something you do all the time, you're just like yeah, whatever.
But all it takes is one time for you, too.
Do something wrong.
And I'm not even saying Kobe did anything wrong.
I'm not saying I'm just normal thing that he does every day, but all it takes is one time and something something bad can happen.
And, uh, it was just such a flukey situation, and it's it's so sad that it wasn't nine people lost their lives because of a helicopter situation that I just went home.
Um, I think that there are so many tributes that are going to go out from here out for the rest of this season and the next and going into the next MBA season Um, there was, uh there was somebody I forget who was tweeted it out, Um, that he would love to see the Eastern Conference in Western Earth.
Team LeBron team Yanis in the in the All Star game where one team wears eight and the other team wears 24 I thought they'd be That's a great idea.
And I think that that's something that would really to be a great tribute to Kobe Bryant be a great tribute to his family to be a great tribute to Guiana.
I think that this again, it's such a sad situation.
We're going to see every single situation that can possibly be paid tribute to Kobe.
It will, um, again, it's just it's so sad to have to be sitting here.
I mean, I'm not even a big I'm obviously not a big name reporter or anything like that.
I had no connection to Kobe, but to have to sit here and you can talk about it is just something that is so, so sad.
Mark Cuban does say that he will retire Number 24 for Kobe Bryant, and I think that that's something that you're going to see a lot of swell.
Um, there's quite a few players out on Twitter today saying that every team in the N B A should retire.
Number number 24.
I don't know if that's gonna happen, but I know the Lakers most definitely believe they already have, actually, and I'm sure the Mavericks will obviously as well.
I think you're gonna see a lot of different changes in Ah, a lot of tributes.
Obviously, Trey Young had a tribute Today we're number eight, Um, for the Hawks is again.
That's such a sad, sad moment.
Um, I believe it was the Hawks, and whoever they were playing the sport took.
They took a 24 2nd violation in the second violation.
Again, just as a small Kobe tribute.
Um, I mean, really, I don't I don't even know what else to say, but my thoughts and prayers being with the families that were involved, um, like I said, nine people were on that helicopter and all nine of them passed away.
Um, one thing I do want to kind of touch on as faras the media goes, I think it's really it's sad there.
There were quite a few things that kind of irked me as far as this whole situation went, I think it was very sad that it was reported by T.
M Z um, that Kobe Bryant had passed away before his family even knew about it.
Um, I couldn't imagine being watching.
The television could imagine watching ESPN watching, Ah, watching the news and just thinking and just seeing that my husband passed away or my wife passed away or my daughter passed away and not even knowing that, but just finding out from the news I would at least want to call.
I wouldn't wantto find out from the local news station that my significant other or my daughter or child passed away.
I think that was very unfair and very selfish and very unprofessional.
I t m Z um, I think it was very unprofessional by ABC in the employee that was an ABC to come out and say that all four of his daughters had passed away.
I think that that's something that is ridiculous.
Ah, they had no idea what was going on.
And that's cool.
You're And they jumped the gun on a on a report that obviously didn't have any clear sources or any reliable sources.
Um, to come out and say that all four of his daughters had passed away and say that to the whole world.
As you know, millions and millions and millions of people are watching to save it.
All four of his daughters had passed away.
And to be wrong is something that should not happen.
Is a professional reporter.
Is somebody who is, Ah, I mean a brand in ABC that their news And you're gonna come out on national television in one of the biggest, most watched moments in a very, very, very long time.
And you're going to say that all four of his daughters had passed away and be wrong about it because your source wasn't reliable and you're jumping the gun.
Another thing is former former teammate Rick Fox of Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers.
They said that he passed away as well.
Um, again, That's another another jumping the gun situation where people were jumping, jumping the gun in ah, and putting out reports that were clearly not true.
And we found out that they weren't true.
As actually, Rick Fox's daughter got in touch with somebody from ABC and told them that Ah, yeah, he Rick Fox is okay, and I just again, I just think it's sad that as reporters as somebody who's a part of the media, I would not want to be waking up to go to my job on Monday morning, being the guy that that said something wrong to that measure.
And I mean, I would be in fear for my job.
And I think that ABC should be contemplating firing those people, if not contemplating it should already be done because as a reporter, there's a difference between getting a trade wrong or getting a getting a the signing wrong or even just over tiring long.
Whatever there's there's differences between like that and reporting something as bad as four people passing away in a Carter in a helicopter crash on being wrong about it, because you're not, you know, 100% sure in your sources.
I think that if you don't know, you shouldn't be reporting it, and that's it's just that simple.
Um, again, like you're messing with people's lives here you're messing with with people who are tuned into the situation so hard that, I mean, when you hurt.
When people were hearing that all four of his daughters had passed away, they were crying their eyes out because they felt so bad for his family.
They felt so bad for their mom.
Third, everybody and you are wrong.
Could you imagine if? Could you imagine if maybe the four daughters were all out somewhere else? The mom wasn't home, and and they see a report on ABC that all four of her daughters died and they were wrong about it.
That would have been absolutely awful.
That would have been atrocious for the mother, for Kobe, for whoever.
And now we're in a position where Kobe and his 13 year old daughter, John, are are passed away and and it's It's just so so sad to see such young people.
I mean, 41 years old, Kobe was 41 years old.
I mean, Vince Carter Stone, the N B A needs, and he's just a sold.
That means 41 years old is not Ted.
Not definitely not old enough to be losing her life.
Um, again, my my heart goes out to the whole Bryant family to, ah, to everybody involved in the situation to even the other people that that obviously were were part of the helicopter crash in their families.
Um, 13 years old Jonah, um, she was she had a bright future out of her.
As far as basketball goes, she was very, very, very, very down Said, um, obviously, there's interviews going around about how she wanted to be in the w N B A.
She wanted to to be just like her father.
And, um, it's just it's so sad that that that's not going to be ableto happen, that the those realities we're not gonna be able to come true.
Um, I feel so bad for everybody involved in the situation tonight.
Again, my thoughts and prayers will be with everybody.
All the families involved, not just Kobe's family, but especially is Kobe fam of Kobe's family.
But it is well, as everybody else.
Um, it's just so sad for anybody to have to go through something like this.
Such a fluke situation with with such a crazy, sad ending.
Um, I said I'm getting ready to sign off.
I hope you guys, I just I just My prayers like to everybody.
Um I think that again.
This isn't a where we're all gonna hold our family members closer, um, given extra kiss on the forehead.
And just and just make sure that we all know that that we love each other because you never want to see something like this happen.
And again, I just, um I'm sorry for everybody in the situation, and I hope everybody has a great night and we all just again don't take our lives for granted because you never know what can happen.
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