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Kobe Bryant Fans React after His Parents Joe and Pam Were Barely Acknowledged at His Public Memorial

Kareena Koirala
Feb 26, 2020
07:23 A.M.
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On February 24, late basketball ace, Kobe Bryant, and his daughter, Gianna, along with seven other victims of the tragic helicopter crash of January 26 were honored during a ceremony. However, Kobe's parents did not receive an acknowledgment despite their attendance. 


It has been a month since the Los Angeles Lakers pro basketball payer, Kobe Bryant, and his daughter, Gianna, lost their lives in a helicopter crash. The tragic accident claimed the lives of seven other people. 

The wound from the loss is still fresh in fans' hearts and they haven't stopped mourning the huge loss. On Monday, fans and the victim's loved ones got together to celebrate the lives of the crash victims. 

Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, along with their daughters, Gianna and Natalia, at Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards on July 14, 2016. | Source: Getty Images



During a ceremony held at the Staples Center, fans and loved ones mourned Kobe's death and remembered his legacy with heart-touching stories. 

It was an emotional affair for the attendees as many speeches were delivered in honor of Kobe. Yet, the memorial was beautiful except for the mixed emotions that plagued fans' hearts after its conclusion. 


Many of the fans noticed that Kobe's parents, Joe and Pam, were not mentioned at all during the event. Although they were present, the duo didn't get any acknowledgment whatsoever. So they took to Twitter to express their discontentment. 

Despite the fact that Kobe and Gianna were highly honored during the ceremony, fans thought that Kobe's parents along with his sisters should have been acknowledged. 



According to the fans, Kobe's family members were the most important people in the room but Kobe's wife, Venessa, got all the attention

Meanwhile, some fans speculated that Vanessa never really forgave Kobe's parents for not accepting her. In a 2003 interview with "Orlando Sentinel," Kobe once revealed that his father disapproved of Vanessa's Latin roots. 


Joe denied the allegations and said that he was "cool" with Vanessa. During the same interview, he also shared that after his son decided to get married, he and his wife thought it was time to "back off."

"It's his life, we've got nothing to do with it. We've done our job."



Kobe and Gianna were on their way to Mamba Academy for a basketball game when their helicopter crashed. Just like her father, Gianna was passionate about basketball and she was a member of the Los Angeles Lady Mamba girls basketball team.

Kobe is survived by his wife and their three daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. During Monday's memorial, Vanessa publicly spoke about her late husband for the first time. "He had to bring them home to heaven together," she said