SEC football community reacts to death of sports icon Kobe Bryant
Sports fans and athletes everywhere are still processing the shocking death of Kobe Bryant. TMZ’s latest report states that Bryant and three other passengers, including 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore, were heading to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice when the deadly crash occurred. All four passengers died in the crash. Bryant was 41.
One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and led the Los Angeles Lakers to 5 NBA titles (with Bryant winning NBA Finals MVP twice). Admiration for Bryant extended well beyond the basketball court.
Many prominent SEC alumni were among those reacting to the news of Bryant dying in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Some of My fondest memories of sports growing up were watching Kobe take over games with my dad. Modeled my mentality after him. Thanks for that Kobe. https://t.co/yRbe7mjYCH
— Joey Burrow (@Joe_Burrow10) January 26, 2020
Just got back into Dallas and heard the news about Kobe. My heart just dropped and I feel empty.
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) January 26, 2020
Not Kobe man.. please don’t be true
— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) January 26, 2020
Rest In Peace Kobe Bryant.. this is unbelievable
— Justin Madubuike (@MadubuikeJustin) January 26, 2020
Wow! Just seen the news!
— Laquon Treadwell (@SuccessfulQuon) January 26, 2020
— Marcus Spears (@mspears96) January 26, 2020
NOOOOOOOOO pls let this not be true!!! https://t.co/Zlz8Xxgcpn
— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) January 26, 2020
Man this so crazy! RIP Kobe Bryant.
— OJ Howard 80 ™ (@TheRealOjHoward) January 26, 2020
Speechless this can’t be real
— Jeremy Hill (@JeremyHill33) January 26, 2020
No words man… A Legend gone way too soon! This feels like a bad dream! #RIPMamba
— Randall Cobb (@rcobb18) January 26, 2020
— Quart'e Sapp (@Dedicated_2Work) January 26, 2020
R.I.P Kobe.. this is devastating💔
— Christian Kirk (@ckirk) January 26, 2020
— Greg McElroy (@GregMcElroy) January 26, 2020
Man my body so numb. Life wayyyyyy to short. Cherish every minute, hour, day with your loved ones. RIP KOBE
— Shaun Dion Hamilton (@iam_sdh20) January 26, 2020
Had the pleasure of listening to Kobe speak a year ago. He talked about striving to be just as good of a husband and father as he was a basketball player. This one hurts. Praying for the Bryants and all the families effected. #RIPMamba
— Jordan Matthews (@jmattjmattjmatt) January 26, 2020
Real life got me in tears man ! May the Mamba Mentality live on.
— Trayveon Williams (@TrayveonW) January 26, 2020
Kobe was so real and open about who he was and what drove him every second of every day. He inspired millions of people including myself. Gone way too soon. RIP Kobe
— Evan Engram (@eazyengram) January 26, 2020
RIP Kobe. I’m at a loss for words and my stomach hurts hearing the news. Loved watching Kobe and his impact on the game will always be remembered. Tell your loved ones you love them today. #mamba
— Hunter Henry (@Hunter_Henry84) January 26, 2020