An L.A. County deputy was caught sharing graphic pictures of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s tragic helicopter crash, according to TMZ.
The Sheriff’s Department has commented on the matter by saying, “the matter is being looked into.”
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, multiple L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies who responded to the crash scene took photos that included remains. We’re told one of the deputies — a trainee — took photos and at some point went to a bar and, as one source put it, “He tried to impress a girl by showing her the photos.” We’re told the bartender overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint with the Sheriff’s Dept.
We’re also told the cell phone photos were passed around at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation — the first responders to the crash. Sources say deputies from other substations around L.A. County also took cell phone photos.
This is very irresponsible, and the people responsible will surely lose their jobs.
The L.A. Times separately reported this story Friday, with one source saying that a fellow official showed him pictures of the crash scene and the victims’ remains in a setting outside the investigation.
The Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial at Staples Center was very emotional to watch for Lakers fans and NBA fans in general. Seeing NBA legends Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal in tears was so strange since both guys are like Superman to most people.
The death of Bryant will likely be on the minds of Lakers fans and the basketball comminuity as a whole for a long time. This year’s Lakers squad, led by superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, will surely do everything in their power to win the championship this season for Kobe and Gigi.
In 1,346 career games for the Lakers, Bryant cemented himself as one of the greatest Lakers of all time, if not the greatest. He finished with career averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, all while winning five titles with the Lakers, two Finals MVPs and other amazing accolades.