Vanessa Bryant Gets Emotional Honoring Kobe at Basketball Hall of Fame Ceremony
An emotional Vanessa Bryant paid tribute to her husband, basketball star Kobe Bryant, as he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame by Michael Jordan on Saturday.
Kobe, 41, was enshrined in the Hall of Fame 15 months after he and his daughter Gianna, 13, were killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on January 26, 2020.
Jordan held Vanessa’s hand as he walked her to the stage where she gave her emotional speech about the late Lakers legend.
‘Last February, I called Michael and asked him if he would introduce Kobe tonight and he graciously accepted. Thank you for being here, Michael. Kobe admired you. This means so much to us,’ Vanessa said.
The widow, 39, joked that she used to avoid praising her husband in public because ‘he got enough praise from his fans.’
‘Someone had to bring him back to reality. Right now, I am sure he is laughing in heaven because I’m about to praise him in public for his accomplishments on one of the most public stages,’ she said.
‘I can see him now, arms folded, with a huge grin saying, isn’t this some s**t? He is still winning