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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Sunday morning that five people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. There were no survivors. There was initial confusion about who was aboard the helicopter, as plenty of misinformation was spread — largely stemming from a false report from ABC.

After initially saying Kobe was survived by his wife Vanessa and four daughters, TMZ later reported that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also killed in the crash. TMZ reported that Kobe and Gianna were on their way to Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.

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Ever since the death of Los Angeles Lakers’ beloved basketball player Kobe Bryant, there has been a big push to place his likeness as the official NBA logo, according to ABC News.

 A petition has been started at to replace Jerry West’s likeness with the late Kobe Bryant. According to, Nick Moghtader started the petition shortly after news of Bryant’s death.

“With the untimely and unexpected passing of the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA Logo,” Moghtader wrote in the petition. 

The iconic NBA logo was originally designed by Alan Siegel back in 1969. He mentioned previously that he based the prominently featured silhouette on another Lakers legend, Jerry West. Although he never formally or officially admitted that his likeness was the image, West reluctantly admitted it was him in a 2017 interview with the Washington Post, saying the gesture was both flattering and embarrassing.

“Nick’s petition is not only the fastest-growing on, it’s also the first petition of 2020 to top 1 million signatures anywhere in the globe,” Michael Jones, managing director of, said in a statement to CNN. “As the world comes to terms with the death of someone as famous and well-known as Kobe Bryant, Nick has given basketball fans an outlet to create a permanent memory of someone who made history in the NBA.”

Moghtader, who’s from Vancouver, British Columbia, and started the campaign said, “I truly cannot express this, the support from you guys has been overwhelmingly amazing.”

“I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this petition and made it possible,” he said in a statement. “All of this is for Kobe! I wish Kobe was still here and I never had to make this petition, to begin with.”

 “But sadly that isn’t the case, my condolences go out to the Bryant family and everyone who was involved in this accident,” he added.

The 41-year-old basketball legend died Sunday in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people.

Bryant spent his entire 20-year NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a five-time NBA World Champion, a two-time Finals MVP, and the 2008 Most Valuable Player. During Bryant’s career, he made the All-Star team 18 times. He was the youngest player to reach 30,000 points. Bryant retired from the NBA in 2016; in his final game, he scored an NBA-season high 60 points.

She's beautiful! The family will get through this but it's going to take time. My heart's with Vanessa and the girls. None of us know what's in store. Love your loved ones and tell them you love them EVERY DAY!!

All people that are hateful, regroup. One's no better than another. We all came here in the same way and we're all going to leave eventually, never knowing HOW.


In my 41 years on this earth, there have only been two times that I was truly afraid of dying. The first was in 1999 when I learned of the death of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas. The second time was in 2017 when my friend Anh died in a plane crash. These moments are significant for me – Byrd’s horrible murder told me how much America hates the Black man. Anh’s death hit me hard because this was someone who was going after her goals and taken from us too quickly. These two incidents forced me to realize my mortality; that I am not going to live forever. Life can be gone any minute.

With the sudden death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, Black men are again faced with our own mortality. In an almost dreamlike sequence, the former Los Angeles Laker congratulated fellow great LeBron James on passing him on the NBA all-time scoring list Saturday night. The following day, he, his daughter Gianna, and seven others were victims of a deadly helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Shocked and stunned, we have been trying to make sense of this. “He is gone?! But Kobe was just tweeting about the game last night!” However, as my brother Brent told me, “God is sovereign. There is no reason why.”

On social media, numerous people wrote posts speaking of their love and admiration for Bryant, citing how they grew up with him and how he was an inspiration to them. There were also the predicable, but sad posts discussing Bryant as a rapist and how people are concerned for the victim.

Whether in life or death, when you are a Black man, you are disrespected, disregarded, and hated. Through America’s lens, the Black male is viewed as a monster, no matter how many accolades he has accomplished, or how many good deeds he has done. When reading these posts regarding the rape case Bryant was involved in and never convicted of, I realize this is America’s way of saying, “You are still a nigger. Never forget that.” People using the veil of, “Well, the victim in his sexual assault case matters”, are saying that to justify their insults of an African American male. Most of them do not care about that woman, and/or have very little knowledge of the case. This is simply a chance to hide behind their racism. The troupe of the Black sexual savage lives through these posts. It doesn’t matter that Black people are grieving the death of someone who was, and still is, a hero in our community. Our pain is an afterthought.

Some may argue and say, “Well, people are speaking out because Kobe was accused of sexual assault.” I disagree. Many Black men are still attacked after their deaths. Whenever Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated, there are people who talk of his indiscretions with other women. Emmett Till, who was slain by a white mob for allegedly whistling at a white woman, has had his grave defiled, and the sign commemorating his life shot so many times that it is now bullet proof. These attacks on dead Black men are not happening in a vacuum; this is deep seated misandry that America has for the Black man. White men who have been accused of and committed terrible acts such as David Bowie (statutory rape), John McCain (racism), and Ronald Reagan (conspiracy to funnel drugs to the inner-city) are lauded with praise. No one speaks of their crimes and misdeeds. In death, white men are revered; Black men are reviled.

As I said earlier, these comments and posts attacking Kobe Bryant are predictable, but they do not hurt any less. As Black men who could be for the first time thinking about how they will live and die, America has a horrible way of showing you that even when you leave this place, you ain’t nothing.

RIP Kobe Bean Bryant August 23, 1978 to January 26, 2020

RIP Gianna Bryant May 1, 2006 to January 26, 2020



  We  need to STOP listening to what massa and his chillern say about us.  All they are doin is proving to the world how racist  they are.  They are straight out  monsters.   Neanderthals!    So  Im reading this book called White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo.  Every predictable thing massa does and the reasons why are in this book.  Finally somebody white ADMITTIING...whitefolk are cra cra.  So of course they gone bash Kobe while Weinstein, Cosby, Hefner, R. Kelly have done far MORE worse to women than he ever has.   Massa NEVER talks about his sins, mistakes or inhumanity, his savage practice.....the fact that HE sexualized kidnapped African men and boys and  then dehumanized and criminalized them....won't admit that....oh but!  He can sho talk about us.  We need to STOP giving a fock what he say.   Bottom line.  But!    

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RadioRaheem posted:
sunnubian posted:

Anybody else out there smell, SABOTAGE, where this highly improbable helicopter crash is concerned?

Kobe was suing a Big Pharma company over the use of the term "Black Mamba".  I don't know if this is related.

Hey, can't rule it out.

Also, there was a 'cartoon' made some time ago, floating around the internet that depicted Kobe dying in-a-helicopter-crash .  .  .  coincidence?

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