An official representative for Kobe Bryant and his family has decided to speak out about the erroneous reports that have surfaced online after his death alongside his teen daughter, Gianna.
The spokesperson made it clear the fake rumors are hurting Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Laine Bryant, and his three daughters.
The legendary Los Angeles Lakers star and his precious daughter perished on Sunday’s accident in Calabasas, California, along with seven other people.
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❤️ Happy 18th Anniversary to the sweetest couple @kobebryant @vanessabryant 💑💍 May your a celebration of Love turn out as beautiful as the both of you ✨✨ #KobeBryant #VanessaBryant #BlackMamba #QueenMamba #TheBryants #HappyAnniversary #WeddingMemories #nbafamily #teamfamilyfirst
Molly Carter, the president of Kobe Inc., had the following to say in her statement: “We are disappointed in some media’s broad use of unnamed sources and blind quotes, and remind everyone that the Bryant family will speak on our own behalf when appropriate. To this point, no one has been authorized to speak on behalf of the family regarding any personal details surrounding Sunday’s tragedy, including stories related to the family’s previous air travel decisions.”
Carter also stated: “We ask members of the media for respect and responsible judgment during this difficult time. These inaccurate reports only add unnecessary pain to a grieving family.”
Kobe’s wife released a statement after the horrid tragedy saying: “My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe—the amazing father of our children, and my beautiful, sweet Gianna—a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.”
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
One fan reached out to Vanessa and said: “This still feels like a nightmare. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless you and your family and lift you up in this time of need. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 💔”
This backer replied: “Sending love to you during this incredibly difficult time. Keeping your family and the other families in my thoughts. 🥺🥺🥺😫😫😫❤️”
A third supporter revealed: “The Bryant legacy will continue to touch future generations FOREVER…. inspiring millions of people from all walks of life💞 Praying for you and your beautiful family. ❤️”
Another social media user claimed: “It’s just so horrific, devastating I think of what if this what if that. I look, Gigi, so pretty awesome basketball player. Kobe is so proud of a basketball daughter. It’s unapproachable. What could have been, What would have been? Not a soul in this Whole World can make sense of this Tragedy. You are in my heart and prayers 😢😔😢💛💜💛💜🙏🏽.”
Kobe and Gianna left behind Vanessa and Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and 7-month-old Capri.