Vanessa Bryant Revealed Photo of Friend Sydney Leroux’s Numbered Tattoo Dedicated to Her Late Daughter Gianna Bryant
Professional soccer player, Sydney Leroux, paid tribute to Gianna Bryant with her new tattoo of their shared jersey number, as seen in a recent Instagram post by Vanessa Bryant.
Following the tragic death of basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people in a fatal helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, tributes and prayers have continued to pour in from all over the world.
To conclude the In Memoriam segment, a photo of Gianna and Kobe sitting courtside at a game was projected on the screen...
In a recent Instagram post shared by wife and mother, Vanessa Bryant, Olympic gold medalist, Sydney Rae Leroux Dwyer honored Gianna Bryant by getting a new ink job.
The Canadian-born soccer player got a tattoo of the number '2,' which symbolizes Gianna's jersey number on the basketball court, and Leroux's jersey number on the soccer pitch. Vanessa captioned the photo:
"#2 ❤️, Leroux. Thank you for honoring my Gigi. I love you, @sydneyleroux."
A month ago, Leroux also penned down a heartfelt tribute to the father and daughter on her Instagram page.
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Gigi you were a star. Your dad told me that you were going to be better than he was. You had the gift no matter what you were playing. I know you’ll be looking down on your mom and your sisters with your big smile while shooting hoops with your dad, doing what you both love. 2 will always be ours. Kobe - thank you for allowing me in to your beautiful family. Thank you for believing in me. Being there for me during the good times and the tough ones. For your crazy book recommendations and your quotes. For helping me write. For teaching me to never soften for anybody. For teaching me about the darkness and the light and the villains becoming the heroes. I won’t forget any of it. I’ll miss you.
In the post, she referred to Gianna as a 'star,' while thanking Kobe for believing in her and being there for her always.
The mother-of-three admitted to crying in front of her children, with her oldest child, Cassius attempting to console her by singing the ABCs.
As reported by Daily Mail, Kobe Bryant was honored onstage at the 51st NAACP Image Awards on Saturday.
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I’m not sure I’ve ever cried in front of my kids but last week I couldn’t help it. I held them close. One on each lap. My hands were full but my heart wasn’t. Cassius looked at me and sang the ABC’s to me because that’s what I do with Roux when she cries. You think you have all of this time with people and then you don’t. And it really really hurts and then you’re okay. And you’re only okay because you forgot that it’s real for a minute. It comes in these huge waves and I haven’t learned how to swim through them yet. But I look back and I remember when the going was tough; what he said to me... ‘Figure it out. No other option.’ And so I will. So we will.
The memorial segment opened with an empty basketball court and a basketball hoop, followed by a screen illuminated with Kobe's jerseys with the numbers '8' and '24,' against a backdrop of purple and gold lights.
After that, an audio recording of the legend's NBA farewell speech engulfed the room.
In the recording, Kobe thanked his fans and family for their love and support throughout his basketball career.
To conclude the In Memoriam segment, a photo of Gianna and Kobe sitting courtside at a game was projected on the screen with Kobe's last words in the audio recording "What can I say? #MambaOut," echoing throughout the room.
Also honored in the memorial segment was rapper and activist, Ermias Asghedom, popularly known as Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed on March 31, 2019.