Kobe Bryant actually doted on his daughters — that’s, in accordance with Elle Duncan, an anchor on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
A day after the tragic and sudden demise of the basketball legend — who died Sunday in a helicopter crash together with eight others, together with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna — Duncan determined to share her one-time encounter with the five-time NBA champion.
Duncan begins her anecdote by saying she met Bryant backstage at an ESPN occasion about two years in the past, and wished nothing greater than to get “an image for the ’gram” with the Lakers star. Duncan needed to wait a bit for that picture, nevertheless, as a result of Bryant was fully distracted by one thing else.
“He instantly commented on my slightly giant eight-month pregnant stomach,” Duncan stated.
She stated that Bryant excitedly peppered her with questions on her being pregnant, together with if she knew the intercourse of her unborn baby but. When Duncan responded that she was having a woman, Bryant excitedly supplied her a high-five and stated, “Women are the very best.”
“I requested him recommendation on elevating ladies,” Duncan continued. “As he fairly famously had three on the time. He stated, ‘Simply be grateful that you just’ve been on condition that reward as a result of ladies are superb.’ His third daughter, Bianka, was a few yr and a half previous on the time, so I requested if he wished extra youngsters. And he stated that his spouse, Vanessa, actually wished to attempt once more for a boy, however was form of jokingly involved that it might be one other woman.”
When Duncan requested Bryant what he thought of elevating 4 ladies, she stated that Bryant stated, “with out hesitation,” that he would “have 5 extra ladies if I might. I’m a woman dad.” (The couple welcomed their fourth daughter, Capri, in 2019.)
Duncan then started to choke up as she defined that Bryant then complimented his daughters’ athletic skills. Duncan’s voice shook as she recalled what Bryant stated about his center baby on the time.
“[She’s] a monster, a beast, she’s higher than I used to be at her age [on the basketball court],” Duncan stated Bryant informed her.
“After all, that center one was Gigi,” Duncan stated, her voice trembling, referring to Gianna.
With tears in her eyes, Duncan concluded: “After I mirror on the tragedy and the half an hour I spent with Kobe Bryant two years in the past, I suppose the one small supply of consolation for me is understanding he died doing what he liked essentially the most. Being a dad. Being a woman dad.”
In response to Duncan’s story about Bryant, many males posted on Twitter how they have been proud “woman dads” as effectively, sparking the hashtag #girldad. Duncan was touched by the hashtag and tweeted about it on Tuesday.
“I’m so moved by the outpouring of help behind my story about Kobe,” she wrote Tuesday. “And I really like that #girldad is trending.. so for all these proud fathers who nonetheless have their ladies to like on are you able to flood my timeline with pics of you and your flock. Truthfully I want it as a lot as anybody rt now.”