Amid the studies pouring in as Kobe’s life was examined from each angle—the exalted highs and career-threatening lows, the triumphant and the tumultuous, his awe-inspiring abilities and his all-too-human flaws—got here an ESPN segment that particularly stood out amid all the remainder, one which paid tribute to a facet of Kobe’s life that each highlighted his greatest qualities and which numerous folks may really relate to.
Recalling assembly Kobe backstage at an occasion when she was 8 months pregnant, SportsCenter anchor Elle Duncan informed of how he instantly requested her how far alongside she was and what was she having. When Duncan informed him she was having a woman, he gave her a excessive 5 and gushed, “Women are one of the best!” She requested if he had any recommendation, and Kobe informed her, “Simply be grateful that you have been on condition that present as a result of women are superb.”
Requested if he wished extra youngsters, the daddy of then solely three—Natalia, Gigi and Bianka—mentioned that spouse Vanessa Bryant was up for attempting once more, as a result of maybe they’d lastly have a boy. Then requested what he would do if he grew to become a dad to 4 women, Kobe informed Duncan, “I’d have 5 extra women if I may. I am a woman dad.” (He and Vanessa welcomed daughter Capri in June 2019.)
With tears welling, the host signed off, saying, “Once I mirror on this tragedy and that half an hour that I spent with Kobe Bryant two years in the past, I suppose that the one small supply of consolation for me is realizing that he died doing what he cherished essentially the most—being a dad. Being a woman dad.”