Kobe Bryant is fondly remembered as the best players in the history of the NBA. The five-time NBA champion has established a reputation as a late-game assassin, a serial championship winner, and one of the fiercest competitors the league has ever seen.
In any case, Bryant has proved to be astute in business and in his other post-retirement endeavors. Bryant is a successful businessman and venture capitalist, and has his hand in some literary work as well. A few years ago, Bryant published a short film titled, Dear Basketball, which was an ode to his 20-year career and retirement with the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA.
To top it off, Bryant earned an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for his work. Although, Bryant has received acclaim from people all over the world, there are still those who believe that Bryant doesn't deserve the recognition, mainly because of his sexual assault incident in 2003.
According to Kia Morgan-Smith of AOL, 16,000 people have signed a petition to take away Bryant's award.
More than 16,000 people have reportedly signed an online petition to revoke Bryant’s Oscar because the NBA star was accused of sexual assault in 2003.
“The Oscars almost avoided nominating sexual predators for awards,” the petition reads. “Woody Allen and James Franco didn’t get anything. But Kobe Bryant, who was charged with a horrific sexual assault, was nominated.”
This is pretty interesting. Bryant settled the sexual assault allegations out of court in 2003 and has since moved on from the affair. It is not known if the Academy will do anything to punish Bryant, but the fact remains that many people are upset with Bryant's Oscar nomination.