Vanessa Bryant and the Bryant family requested the NBA to not bring up Kobe Bryant’s passing in the form of tributes.
January 26th 2021 marks the one year anniversary of perhaps the most sorrowful day in American sports history: the passing of Lakers and NBA great, Kobe Bryant. The tragedy took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and 7 others who accompanied Bryant.
News of this event shocked the entire world, as everyone mourned the Lakers legend’s untimely passing for months on end. NBA players took intentional 8 second backcourt violations and 24 second violations to honour Kobe. Countless numbers of murals were put in Los Angeles to pay tribute to the 5x NBA champion and Gianna Bryant.
With nearly one year having passed since Kobe’s passing, his wife Vanessa Bryant has made a request to the NBA as a whole.
The Bryant family says that they do not want to see Kobe Bryant tributes this year
When news broke out about the tragedy, nearly every single NBA team had made a tribute video/montage in honor of Kobe Bryant. Organizations such as BallisLife had also followed suit and made one too.
It would be assumed that NBA teams would honour Kobe this year on January 26th as well but the Bryant family has requested they they do not. Vanessa Bryant claims that it is too painful of a memory to delve back in to, and seeing a multitude of tributes dedicated to Kobe and her daughter would bring back such memories.
Vanessa Bryant has kindly asked us all to not post any footage of the helicopter or crash scene on the 1yr anniversary of Kobe & Gigi’s passing in a few days — please use happy memories instead 💜💛
— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) January 21, 2021
This makes perfect sense and it’s great to see the NBA honour Vanessa Bryant’s wishes in this matter. Vanessa would take to Instagram about 10 days ago to talk about handling grief in a post. The post read, “Grief is a messed up cluster of emotions. I want to say this for people struggling with grief and heartbreaking loss. Find your reason to live.”