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WNBA Star Lisa Leslie Defends Kobe Bryant’s Legacy

Surely we all were devastated in the sudden passing of NBA star Kobe Bryant. Bryant and his daughter Gianna along with 7 others died a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. Many stars, family, and friends took his death pretty hard, one friend being Lisa Leslie. The WNBA legend interviewed with Gayle King Tuesday morning to discuss her friendship with Bryant and his legacy but the interview took a left turn. Many were surprised that someone as ‘sophisticated’ as Gayle King would ask such a question. “It’s been said that his legacy is complicated because of a sexual charge which was dismissed in 2003, 2004. Is it complicated for you as a woman, as a WNBA player?” Leslie responded, “It’s not complicated for me at all, I just never seen him being the kind of person that would do something to violate a woman or be aggressive in that way.” How would you have responded if someone questioned the legacy of a close friend due to something that happened well over 10 years ago, just one week after their death? I think we all can agree with Lisa as she also implied you had ample amount of time to ask or question him while he was here, it’s not something that we should keep hanging over his legacy. Fans and celebs took to social media in rage as everyone is still mourning over Bryant’s death. We all know that the 2003 rape accusation is apart of Kobe’s life but is it necessary to discuss only a week after his death? To not only bring it up, but to a friend who has nothing to do with the case? Gayle tried to defend herself saying that the network posted a clip from a wide-ranged interview, totally taken out of context. Well, no matter how you put it, ask it, or formulate it, the question was inappropriate to ask. There’s a time and place for everything, and a week after someone’s death doesn’t seem like the right time. What are your thoughts?

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