- Kobe Bryant died yesterday with his daughter Gianna Bryant in a helicopter crash in California
- He was one of the most beloved and respected athletes of his generation but there was a time when he was heavily bashed due to a rape allegation from a woman he had encountered
- The former Laker told GQ that the one thing that helped him a lot during the controversy was his faith in God
- Singer Cristina Ballestero also posted on Instagram about experiencing how kind Kobe was when she encountered him during a weekday Mass
Kobe Bryant, 41, died with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant in a helicopter crash in California.
He was one of the most beloved and respected athletes of his generation but there was a time when he was heavily bashed due to a rape allegation from a woman he had encountered. Later on, the woman decided to drop the charges and Kobe always maintained his innocence.
Kobe told GQ that the one thing that helped him a lot during the controversy was his faith in God.
According to the basketball legend, getting spiritual counsel from a priest helped him in facing his issues.
“The one thing that really helped me during that process—I’m Catholic, I grew up Catholic, my kids are Catholic—was talking to a priest.”
“It was actually kind of funny: He looks at me and says, ’Did you do it?’ And I say, ’Of course not.’ Then he asks, ’Do you have a good lawyer?’ And I’m like, ’Uh, yeah, he’s phenomenal.’ So then he just said, ’Let it go. Move on. God’s not going to give you anything you can’t handle, and it’s in his hands now. This is something you can’t control. So let it go.’ And that was the turning point,” Bryant told GQ.
Singer Cristina Ballestero also posted on Instagram about experiencing how kind Kobe was when she encountered him during a weekday Mass at the Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, California.
“I wanna tell a story about the time I met Kobe Bryant. I was sitting in the very back of Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, CA, on a WEEKDAY mass. At the time I was very into wearing veils and on this particular day I had a scarf I used as veil. Right as mass begins I see a huge shadow in my right peripheral vision and hear a decently loud creak from probably a big man. I double took to see... it was KOBE BRYANT IN THE SAME PEW AS ME ON THE OTHER END! I just went about my normal praying and singing as usual cause he like all of us came to pray. Thank God I had the veil so I could stay focused on Jesus not this insanely talented Basketball player my whole family has looked up to and watched our whole lives. As we went up to communion, he waited for me to go. If you grew up in the Catholic Church, you understand this is a respectful thing men do in church as a sign of respect to women. He said I have a beautiful voice. I said thank you and went up to communion. @marydallal @mandymissyturkey and a couple other friends saw him standing behind me going to receive Jesus. And we talked about it after mass and freaked out together. It was such a cool experience to receive Jesus right before him, and also, to walk up to receive Jesus together. It was also cool to see him come for a weekday mass,” Cristina posted on Instagram.
As reported earlier by KAMI, many famous celebrities reacted to the death of Kobe and his daughter.
Kobe Bryant is considered as the greatest Los Angeles Lakers player of all time and one of the greatest basketball players in history. He won five NBA Championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, and one NBA Regular Season MVP.
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