Michelle Obama, Demi Moore, Jessica Biel, Gisele Bündchen and other stars are giving dads their due.
Bryant said she waited to open the card on her birthday so that "it gave me something to look forward to."
Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday against the company who owned the helicopter that crashed last month killing the NBA star, the couple’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others.The lawsuit — filed against Island Express Helicopters, Island Express Holding Corp., and the survivors of the pilot, Ara Zobayan — comes on the same day as a memorial at Staples Center in Los Angeles honoring the life of the Los Angeles Lakers star.Bryant says in her lawsuit that Zobayan failed “to use ordinary care in piloting the subject aircraft” and was “negligent.” Zobayan also died in the crash. The lawsuit says in part, “On information and belief, Defendant Island Express Helicopters employed Defendant Zobayan with conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others and authorized or ratified his wrong conduct, and itself engaged in conduct with malice, oppression, or fraud.”Also Read: How to Watch and Stream the Kobe Bryant Memorial ServiceIn addition, Bryant says that Zobayan “failed to properly monitor and assess the weather prior to the takeoff, failed to obtain proper weather data prior to the subject flight, failed to abort the flight when he knew of the cloudy conditions … failed to avoid natural obstacles in the flight path … (and) failed to properly and safely operate the helicopter resulting in a crash.”The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.The National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report on Feb. 7 that the helicopter carrying the Bryants and 7 others did not suffer from engine failure at the time of the fatal crash. The NTSB report said the helicopter was destroyed by “impact forces and fire.”Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.Read original story Kobe Bryant’s Widow Vanessa Sues Helicopter Operator for Wrongful Death At TheWrap
The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven others did not suffer from engine failure at the time of the fatal crash, according to a preliminary report released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board.A full report with a conclusion on the cause of the Jan. 26 crash is still months away.The NTSB report says the helicopter was destroyed by “impact forces and fire.” Of the engines at the time of the crash, the report states, “Examination of the main and tail rotor assemblies found damage consistent with powered rotation at the time of impact … Viewable sections of the engines showed no evidence of an uncontained or catastrophic internal failure.”Also Read: Vanessa Bryant Releases Statement on Deaths of Husband Kobe, Daughter Gianna: 'I Just Wish I Could Hug Them'The engines were recovered and will be disassembled for a detailed examination.The report also included photos of the scene and of the weather on the day in question, including a still frame from a security video showing the helicopter flying into clouds (see below).NTSBThe report further states that a “number of personal electronic devices were recovered from the wreckage and will be examined for any relevant data.”Also Read: Gayle King Is 'Mortified' That Kobe Bryant Comments Were 'Taken Out of Context:' 'I'd Be Extremely Angry With Me, Too' (Video)The nine victims of the January crash have been identified as Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna; Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and their daughter Alyssa; Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach at an elementary school in Orange County, California; Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton, 13; and the pilot, Ara Zobayan.During his 20-year career with the Lakers, Bryant won five NBA championships.Read original story Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Did Not Suffer Engine Failure, NTSB Report Says At TheWrap
CBS News responded Thursday after morning anchor Gayle King tweeted about backlash she received from her Wednesday interview with Lisa Leslie. The network said it is “addressing the internal process that led to this” after King blamed CBS News for only posting a shortened clip of the exchange.“Gayle conducted a thoughtful, wide-ranging interview with Lisa Leslie about the legacy of Kobe Bryant,” the network said in a statement. “An excerpt was posted that did not reflect the nature and tone of the full interview. We are addressing the internal process that led to this and changes have already been made.”“I’ve been up reading the comments about the interview I did with Lisa Leslie about Kobe Bryant,” King said in a video posted to Twitter Thursday morning. “I know that if I had only seen the clip that you saw, I’d be extremely angry with me, too. I am mortified, I am embarrassed and I am very angry. Unbeknownst to me, my network put up a clip from a very wide-ranging interview, totally taken out of context and when you see it that way, it’s very jarring.”Also Read: Washington Post Reinstates Reporter, Now Says Her Kobe Bryant Tweet Didn't Violate RulesKing trended on Twitter Wednesday as viewers tore about her interview with Leslie, a former professional basketball player and current studio analyst for Fox Sports Florida’s Orlando Magic broadcasts. In the clip that trended, King presses Leslie on Bryant’s 2003 sexual assault case. In the aftermath, the majority of anger directed at King from the public stemmed from Bryant’s inability to speak for himself on the subject, as he died in a helicopter crash last month.The journalist said she was “advised to say nothing,” but felt she had to speak up about what she felt was an out-of-context clipping and posting of a small moment in a larger interview.A representative for CBS News did not immediately return a request for comment.My perspective (1/2) pic.twitter.com/tUYK0yGh9q\- Gayle King (@GayleKing) February 6, 2020Read original story CBS News Responds to Gayle King’s Criticism of Network’s Poorly Edited Clip of Her Lisa Leslie Interview At TheWrap
Jonah Hill honoured Kobe Bryant and brother Jordan Feldstein on Instagram. "I think they're hustling up there," he says.
ABC News has suspended its chief national correspondent, Matt Gutman, after he mistakenly reported on live television that all of late basketball star Kobe Bryant’s children had died in Sunday’s helicopter crash.Gutman corrected the report on a later broadcast to clarify that the only members of the Bryant family who died in the crash were Kobe and his daughter, Gianna. Seven others also perished in the crash.Gutman’s original remarks were made before the official identities of the victims had been confirmed. He has since apologized for the error.Also Read: Washington Post Reinstates Reporter, Now Says Her Kobe Bryant Tweet Didn't Violate Rules“Today I inaccurately reported it was believed that four of Kobe Bryant’s children were on board that flight. That is incorrect. I apologize to Kobe’s family, friends and our viewers,” Gutman tweeted Sunday.A rep for ABC News confirmed the suspension to TheWrap.“Reporting the facts accurately is the cornerstone of our journalism,” the rep said. “As he acknowledged on Sunday, Matt Gutman’s initial reporting was not accurate and failed to meet our editorial standards.”Also Read: Kobe Bryant, 3 Others Identified by Coroner in Deadly Helicopter CrashABC News also provided another statement from Gutman.“We are in the business of holding people accountable. And I hold myself accountable for a terrible mistake, which I deeply regret. I want to personally apologize to the Bryant family for this wrenching loss and any additional anguish my report caused,” he said.Today I inaccurately reported it was believed that four of Kobe Bryant’s children were on board that flight. That is incorrect. I apologize to Kobe’s family, friends and our viewers. pic.twitter.com/yYwuB9vpZl— Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) January 27, 2020Read original story ABC News Suspends Correspondent Who Mistakenly Reported All of Kobe Bryant’s Children Died in Crash At TheWrap
Taken from our vintage interviews, here's a look back at how Kobe, with a big assist from daughter Gianna, transformed his NBA retirement poem into an Academy Award.
Kobe Bryant was one of the four people identified Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner in the deadly helicopter crash that claimed nine lives.John Altobelli, Sarah Chester and Ara Zobayan were the other three names provided by the coroner. They were identified through the use of fingerprints.“Investigators are still working on identifying the five remaining decedents,” the coroner said in a statement.Also Read: Oscars to Include Kobe Bryant Tribute During BroadcastDuring a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, the NTSB said that the helicopter missed clearing the hill by 20 to 30 feet. The NTSB said it will have a preliminary report in about 10 days but a final report will not come for 12-18 months.Earlier on Tuesday, the coroner said they had successfully recovered all nine bodies from the crash scene. The coroner said the bodies were “located, removed from the crash site and transported to the department’s Forensic Science Center.”On Monday, NTSB Board Member Jennifer Homendy addressed the media and requested anyone with photos of the weather in the area of the crash send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Homendy stressed that “weather is just a small portion” of the investigation.Also Read: Jimmy Fallon Remembers the Time He Went on a Beer Run With 17-Year-Old Kobe Bryant (Video)Homendy also clarified that the FBI is on the scene simply as a “force multiplier” for the NTSB in assisting the collection of evidence and stressed there is no criminal investigation. The NTSB is in the process of documenting the scene, collecting evidence, taking pictures and using drones to map the wreckage. She described the crash as a “pretty devastating accident scene.”Read original story Kobe Bryant, 3 Others Identified by Coroner in Deadly Helicopter Crash At TheWrap
Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez was suspended Sunday after tweeting about the 2003 rape case against Kobe Bryant, who was among nine people killed hours earlier in helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.After posting a link to a 2016 Daily Beast story detailing the rape accusations against the Lakers star, Sonmez then posted a screenshot of her work email inbox to illustrate the threats she received as a result, according to one screenshot and an independent reporter.“National political reporter Felicia Sonmez was placed on administrative leave while The Post reviews whether tweets about the death of Kobe Bryant violated The Post newsroom’s social media policy,” Washington Post managing editor Tracy Grant in a statement to TheWrap. “The tweets displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues,” she added.Also Read: Tiger Woods Learned of Kobe Bryant's Death Minutes After Finishing a Round of GolfSonmez’s suspension was praised on Sunday night for being, some believed, a direct result of her posting a link to the April 2016 Daily Beast article that outlined the 2003 accusation of rape against the basketball legend. Bryant was charged with sexual assault and false imprisonment at the time, but the case never made it to trial and it was later settled in a civil lawsuit.Also Read: BBC Apologizes for Using LeBron James Footage in Kobe Bryant MemorialSonmez tweeted a link to the article with no caption, following it up to say she was receiving threats and believed “any public figure is worth remembering in their totality,” according to screenshots of the now-deleted tweets.Those screenshots came from independent journalist Matthew Keys, who wrote that Sonmez “deleted her crass tweets” about the legend, but “screen grabs are forever.”Also Read: Kobe Bryant Crash Fatalities Include College Baseball Coach and His Family, Girls Basketball CoachKeys followed up his statement about what he labeled her “crass tweets” to say she had been suspended, adding in the early hours of Monday morning that a Washington Post employee told him the suspension was not due to the posting of the rape case article. In fact, he said, it was because of the screenshot Sonmez posted of her work email inbox, which showed the names of critics.A spokesperson for the paper did not elaborate on the content of the tweets that Grant had described as displaying “poor judgment.”Read original story Washington Post Suspends Reporter After She Tweets About Kobe Bryant Rape Case At TheWrap
The identities of all nine victims who died with Kobe Bryant aboard a downed helicopter on Sunday morning have been identified by the Los Angeles Police Department and multiple reports.Among those who lost their lives along with Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa, who was a club basketball teammate of Gianna’s. Also aboard the helicopter was Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach at an elementary school in Orange County, California.The remaining three passengers were identified on Monday as pilot Ara Zobayan and Sarah Chester and her daughter, Payton, 13.Riley Chester, the son and brother of the victims, said on Instagram: “Rest In Peace to the most amazing Mother and sister. I love you Pay Pay and Mom RIP,” accompanied by two heart emojis and pictures of them, per the New York Post.Also Read: Michael Jordan Remembers Kobe Bryant: 'He Was Like a Little Brother to Me'Zobayan was an “instrument rated” pilot, according to KTLA 5 reporter Christina Pascucci, which “means he was rated to fly in fog/clouds.” Several of Zobayan’s friends have identified him as the pilot of the helicopter, per Pascucci.The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter carrying everyone aboard was traveling to a basketball practice at Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, when it went down in the nearby foggy hills west of the San Fernando Valley Sunday at about 10 a.m. PT, officials said.Also Read: Grammys Open With Kobe Bryant Tribute at Staples Center: 'Tonight Is for Kobe'The crash caused a wildfire that was contained to the Calabasas crash site, which was not near any homes or major roadways. When authorities arrived at the mountainside area, they found no survivors in the fiery wreckage.Investigators from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner quickly arrived at the scene and personnel from DMEC’s Special Operations Response Team recovered the bodies.Also Read: Kobe Bryant Remembered by Laker Legends Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-JabbarThe site is still being preserved for federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.Read original story All 9 Victims in Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash Victims Identified At TheWrap
While authorities have yet to officially confirm the identity all of the people killed in the helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., that claimed the life of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, information is coming out about some of the other people who lost their lives on Sunday.Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and their daughter Alyssa were killed in the crash, according to the college. Altobelli’s family confirmed their deaths to the school.“John meant so much to not only Orange Coast College, but to baseball,” OCC athletic director Jason Kehler said in a statement. “He truly personified what it means to be a baseball coach. The passion that he put into the game, but more importantly his athletes, was second to none — he treated them like family. Our deepest condolences go out to the Altobelli family during this time of tragedy.”Also Read: Grammys Open With Kobe Bryant Tribute at Staples Center: 'Tonight Is for Kobe'Altobelli coached at OCC for 27 years, leading the school to four state titles. Altobelli coached New York Yankees star Aaron Judge as well as New York Mets all-star Jeff McNeil at one point during their careers.In addition, Christina Mauser, an assistant girls basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Corona Del Mar, Calif., died in the crash as well, Mauser’s husband said on social media. He wrote on his Facebook page, “My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much.”Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley tweeted about Mauser’s passing, writing, “This devastating tragedy gets worse by the hour. So much pain for so many local families. Our hearts are broken & grieving for the families impacted.”I just learned that our amazing Matt Mauser of TiajuanaDogs lost his wife Christina in the crash. She coached the girls team. This devastating tragedy gets worse by the hour. So much pain for so many local families. Our hearts are broken & grieving for the families impacted.— Mayor Katrina Foley (@KatrinaFoley) January 27, 2020Also Read: Kobe Bryant Remembered by Laker Legends Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-JabbarDr. Jonathan Lucas, Los Angeles County Coroner, said the recovery effort of the bodies could take days to complete due to the terrain of the crash site. He added, “Our next priority after recovery is identification and notification of the families.”The helicopter was traveling to a basketball practice at Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif., when it went down in the hills west of the San Fernando Valley on Sunday at about 10 a.m. PT, officials said.The crash caused a wildfire that was contained to the crash site and was not near any homes or major roadways. When authorities arrived at the mountainside area, they found no survivors in the fiery wreckage.Bryant’s death came just one day after he was passed on the NBA’s all-time scoring list by current Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.Read original story Kobe Bryant Crash Fatalities Include College Baseball Coach and His Family, Girls Basketball Coach At TheWrap
Jack Nicholson had the best seat in the house at Staples Center for much of Kobe Bryant’s illustrious NBA career. As he put it, “I sat right behind his jump shot on the lefthand side.”Nicholson, who is almost as well known for being a Los Angeles Lakers fan as he is a prolific and Oscar-winning actor, gave a rare telephone interview on Sunday after Bryant’s untimely passing on Sunday, sharing his feelings about the Lakers superstar he watched up close and personal for 20 years.“My reaction is the same as almost all of L.A.,” Nicholson told CBS2‘s Jim Hill. “Where everything was solid, there’s just a hole in the wall.”Also Read: Shaq 'Sick' Over Kobe Bryant's Death: 'There's No Words to Express the Pain I'm Going Through'Nicholson reminisced with Hill, recalling the first time he met a young Bryant: “I remember him in totality as just how great a player he was. But you know I teased him the first time we met. It was in the (Madison Square) Garden in New York and I offered him a basketball and asked him if he wanted me to autograph it for him. He looked at me like I was crazy.”The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said nine people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., that killed the former Lakers star and eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.During his 20-year career with the Lakers, Bryant won five NBA championships. Two years ago, he shared an Oscar with animator Glen Keane for the animated short “Dear Basketball.”An investigation into the crash is still ongoing.Read original story LA Lakers Superfan Jack Nicholson Reacts to Kobe Bryant’s Death: ‘It’s Just a Terrible Event’ At TheWrap
MSNBC anchor Alison Morris responded to a viral video on Sunday, trying to explain a vocal flub during a report on the death of former NBA star Kobe Bryant that many on social media took to be the N-word.Not long after the news of Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash broke, Morris told MSNBC viewers that Bryant was “perfectly cast” on the Los Angeles Lakers, except she stumbled over the name of the team. Many believe Morris uttered the N-word but she said that is simply not the case.“Earlier today, while reporting on the tragic news of Kobe Bryant’s passing, I unfortunately stuttered on air, combining the names of the Knicks and the Lakers to say ‘Nakers,'” Morris tweeted later on Sunday. “Please know I did not & would NEVER use a racist term. I apologize for the confusion this caused.”Also Read: RIP Kobe Bryant: Sports, Music and Hollywood Stars Mourn NBA Legendpic.twitter.com/15Ca9tgGCn— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 26, 2020The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said nine people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., that killed the former Lakers star and eight others. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was reportedly one of the people on board.During his 20-year career with the Lakers, Bryant won five NBA championships. Two years ago, he shared an Oscar with animator Glen Keane for the animated short “Dear Basketball.”An investigation into the crash is still ongoing.Read original story MSNBC Anchor Denies Using N-Word During Kobe Bryant Report: ‘I Unfortunately Stuttered’ At TheWrap
Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, 41, was killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., that killed eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, according to L.A. county officials and media reports.According to TMZ, Bryant and his second-born, 13-year-old daughter Gianna were traveling to a basketball practice at Bryant’s Mamba Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks. The identity of the other passengers was not immediately known, but the L.A. Sheriff’s Department called reports of the victims “wholly inappropriate” until the investigation is complete and next of kin are notified.TMZ reported that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was not on board the helicopter; the couple has three other daughters: Natalia, 17, and Bianca, 3, and 7-month-old Capri.At a press conference Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department officials said nine people were killed in the crash, revised from initial reports of five deaths.The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed in the foggy hills west of the San Fernando Valley at about 10 a.m. PT, officials said, causing a wildfire that was contained to the Calabasas crash site, which was not near any homes or major roadways. The crash site is still being preserved for federal investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.Also Read: RIP Kobe Bryant: Sports, Music and Hollywood Stars Mourn NBA LegendKobe Bryant with daughter Gianna in 2018 (Getty Images)Bryant was known for using helicopters to travel throughout Los Angeles during his 20-year career with the Lakers, during which he won five NBA championships. Drafted out of high school by the Lakers in 1996, Bryant embarked on a career that saw him become an 18-time All-Star, the 2007-08 league MVP, and score 33,643 points.His death comes less than 24 hours after fellow NBA star and Lakers forward LeBron James passed Bryant for third on the all-time NBA scorers list. James wore custom shoes with Bryant’s jersey numbers, 8 and 24, during Saturday’s game to honor him.Both of Bryant’s jersey numbers were retired by the Lakers in 2017, two months before he won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short alongside famed Disney animator Glen Keane. The short, titled “Dear Basketball,” depicted moments from Bryant’s childhood and career as he narrated his Players Tribune column announcing his retirement from basketball in 2016.Read original story NBA Legend Kobe Bryant and Teenage Daughter Gianna Killed in Helicopter Crash At TheWrap
Kobe Bryant leaves the basketball court today for good, after one last game (the L.A. Lakers play the Utah Jazz at 10:30 p.m. ET). In his 20-year career, he has accumulated 33,464 points — that’s more than Michael Jordan or Shaq — and led his team to win five NBA Championships.And off the court, he has signed major endorsement deals with Adidas, Coca-Cola, and Nintendo (the company created a video game for him in 1998, Kobe Bryant’s NBA Courtside). He also had a secret rap career and, perhaps most notably to non-basketball fans, he was accused of sexual assault in 2003 (the charges were dropped after the two sides reached a private settlement). Whether or not you’re a fan, the star stands out as an undeniably stylish dude. To honor his amazing career and say goodbye, we take a look back at our favorite of his looks.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
Kobe Bryant and faced LeBron James at the Staples Center last night, but it was Cam Newton's massive "Pharrell" hat that got the most attention.