Michael Jordan releases statement on Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing
Michael Jordan has issued a statement on the tragic death of NBA and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
The former Lakers star, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, passed away on Sunday in a helicopter crash in California.
Bryant was reportedly en route to a travel basketball game with his daughter, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Statement from Michael Jordan: pic.twitter.com/oI7w6e7HLI
— Estee Portnoy (@esteep) January 26, 2020
Jordan is among many in the sports world who have reacted to the news. NBA players have continued to take to social media to express their emotions over the tragedy, with the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs honoring Bryant by letting the 24-second shot clock run down on the opening possessions of their game on Sunday. Other NBA teams are doing the same in their respective games.
Bryant certainly left an incredible legacy both on and off the court, and he’ll be remembered as one of the most iconic athletes in the history of sports given what he did for so many people in the game.
Current Lakers star LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant for third on the all-time NBA scoring list on Saturday, with the latter offering his reaction to the monumental achievement:
Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office announced in a press conference on Sunday afternoon that it is still investigating the details surrounding the crash.