Kobe Bryant and Youngest Daughter Die In Helicopter Crash

    It is interesting when people you don't know perish and you feel like you're mourning for family members.




    Note she listed all the hashtags being used.

    For all his positives, his rape in Colorado should be remembered as a major blemish in these Harvey Weinstein trial days, especially as the accuser felt intimidated into not testifying. Bryant bought his wife a $3 million ring to make up for his "adultery". I hope the victim got something on the same order in usable funds in their settlement.

    It's an interesting phenomenon there, sort of cancellers getting cancelled. When an overall pop hero dies, there's an effort to keep him a perfect hero, no nuance about a human not being perfect, no greys allowed. Because it's been too easy to smear with cancel culture? "Influencers" know that, for sure. Anyhew, I note there is also a considerable effort on Twitter to support her. At same time "don't speak ill of the dead" seems to still be a strong cultural factor here, hasn't gone away...

    Now they want to make him the NBA icon?

    #MeToo is dead already, even as Weinstein goes on trial. When's Bill Cosby's comeback tour?


    #BlackGirlsMatterToo (not that I'm sure the victim was black)

    The young woman was white.
    Here is what the defense team was ready to do

    Because Mr. Bryant admits having intercourse with his accuser, the DNA evidence against him does not help the prosecution's case very much, and what is worse, it could undermine the credibility of his accuser. A defense expert who examined the medical evidence, and who will testify at the trial, said the test results suggested that the woman had sex with someone else after Mr. Bryant. If the jury believes that, sex-crimes experts say, the prosecution's case and the woman's claim of traumatization at Mr. Bryant's hands could be devastated.


    Here is part of Kobe's statement ​

    The following statement by Kobe Bryant was issued after sexual assault charges against him were dropped:

    "First, I want to apologize directly to the young woman
    involved in this incident. I want to apologize to her for my behavior that night and for the consequences she has suffered in the past year. Although this
    year has been incredibly difficult for me personally, I can only
    imagine the pain she has had to endure. I also want to apologize to
    her parents and family members, and to my family and friends and
    supporters, and to the citizens of Eagle, Colo.

    "I also want to make it clear that I do not question the motives
    of this young woman. No money has been paid to this woman. She has
    agreed that this statement will not be used against me in the civil
    case. Although I truly believe this encounter between us was
    consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this
    incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery,
    listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now
    understand how she feels that she did not consent to this



    After the case was dropped:

    Bryant, 24 at the time, was charged with one count of felony assault. It took 14 months for the criminal case to be resolved. The accuser decided she would not testify, and prosecutors dropped the case Sept. 1, 2004. A civil suit brought by the accuser in August 2004 was settled out of court on March 2, 2005, marking the end of an often-graphic legal saga that drew worldwide attention but never resulted in a trial.

    Two weeks after the civil suit was settled, Bryant, who died Sunday along with eight other people in a helicopter crash at the age of 41, was asked by Times columnist J.A. Adande whether he was concerned about his image.

    “Um, no,” Bryant said. “No and yes. It’s important that the image that’s out there is the real image of who I am as a person, not something that’s fabricated, not something that’s gossip, you know what I’m saying? From that standpoint, I care about it.

    “It’s just about you doing what is right. I think it’ll all come9 out sooner or later. There’s a lot of [charitable] stuff I’ve done in the past that I will continue to do that I don’t want credit for. I don’t want any. Because I don’t feel like that’s something that should be publicized.

    “I hope, one day, people will look back on my career and see everything that I’ve been through, everything that my fans have been through . . . and I just stayed steady. I didn’t wig out. I just stayed steady, I stayed professional. 

    “At the end of the day, when it’s my last year, people can look back and say, ‘You know what? He had a hell of a career, he was a hell of a person.’”




    The NYT, LA Times, Business Insider all have articles discussing the rape case.

    Tragedy. Noted Shaq had the compassion to give condolences to families of the other crash victims.

    Final minutes of flight path and Tower communication with Kobe Sikorsky twin engine chopper "N72EX', flying VFR (visual flight rules). link

    The LAPD had grounded all its helicopters that morning due to fog, weather not meeting departments minimum safe conditions.

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