News of Kobe Bryant’s death spread quickly across the sports world, which included the Pro Bowl.
Less than an hour before kickoff in Orlando, reports of a helicopter crash involving Bryant spread rapidly. Since multiple outlets confirmed the news, players across all sports have tweeted their condolences and thoughts and prayers about Bryant’s death.
Lamar Jackson was interviewed by ESPN's Lisa Salters, an interview that concluded with Jackson's memories of Bryant.
"That's a legend, man," Jackson said. "He did so much for the game of basketball. A lot of people looked up to Kobe Bryant, including myself. From what I heard, he was a great person as well. My prayers are with his family."
Jackson added that Bryant signed a jersey for him after he was drafted, too.
"It means a lot," Jackson said. "That's one of the GOATs. Him, MJ and LeBron. The top three."
During a commercial break at the Pro Bowl, fans took the time to honor the former-Laker.
A moment of silence held here at the Pro Bowl to honor Kobe Bryant, followed by chants of “Kobe” pic.twitter.com/AWy62mirtO— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) January 26, 2020
Saints quarterback Drew Brees was interviewed on the sideline after his afternoon had ended, where he called Bryant an inspiration.
"He inspired so many people,"— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 26, 2020
Drew Brees on Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/OYnKAAyS0S
For those not in Orlando, responses were quick to the tragic death of one of the most impactful athletes in recent memory.
Hurting like the rest of the world right now but not as much as Kobe’s Family. Everybody keep them in your thoughts and prayers #RIPKobe— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 26, 2020
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