Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Kobe Effect and Vanessa Bryant Breaking her Silence

Photo as Per In Touch Weekly 

The widow of the late Kobe Bryant took to social media three days after the tragic accident that took away basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, as well as the 7 other casualties in the Calabasas plane crash this past Sunday. The 41-year-old was a former Lakers player and coach for the daughter Gianna basketball team prior to the tragic accident. The accident changed not only the life of Kobe Bryant but the defense coach that was on the flight, team members of Gianna's team, their parents and the pilot.  In the statement Vanessa made she included that the Mamba Sports Foundation will set up the Mamba on Three Fund to help support the families supported by the tragedy.  Her Instagram posts she thanks the world for their outpouring love and condolences for the family. 
The message includes 
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
To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit

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 ❤️

Since the post, the hashtag #GirlsDad has been trending all over the world with fathers all over the world keeping their daughters closer than ever.  ESPN correspondent Elle Duncan reflected upon her memories with the late Bryant as they spoke about being a father and a parent to daughters. She discusses the half-hour conversation that they had and recalled her thoughts of Gigi, the comfort she received from Bryant's death was he died doing what he loved "Being a girl Dad."  While this tragedy is still haunting the world and being in a state of mourning but the world has become more aware to open their arms and hearts to keep their loved ones close to them. Its a lesson to all of us to hug our mothers our fathers and those that we love; we do not know what life will bring for us but to just cherish every moment. That is the Kobe Effect ....

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