Multiple news outlets reported Sunday that NBA legend and lifetime Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash outside LA.
The news put the entire sports community in a state of shock. Many D.C. athletes, coaches and executives spoke to the media or posted on Twitter to express their emotions after the news broke.
💔🖤— John Wall (@JohnWall) January 26, 2020
“He was a legend in the basketball world and the whole world. It’s tough.” —Alex Ovechkin on Kobe Bryant, who once presented the #Caps’ captain with a game-worn jersey and sneakers after a game in L.A. pic.twitter.com/RQPZFFURem— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) January 26, 2020
Just met Kobe while training at his facility for the NFL. RIP to a legend. Gone too soon 🐐— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) January 26, 2020
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We were just talking about my daughter teaming up with ur daughter this summer 🏀 u introduced me to ur daughter #GIGI as 🗣this the muthafucker that scored 60 points on me 😇 My heart broke knowing u passed away in a helicopter crash...my heart stopped when I realized today was game day and ur daughter would be with u💔"AS A HOOPER" my heart is at ease knowing the hardest working "HOOP GOD" was on his way to the gym to coach his daughter #prouddad #mambamentalitystyle #Ripkobeandgigibryant🏀 #8 #24 and #2
Maryland head coach Brenda Frese on the passing of Kobe Bryant: "We were all pretty stunned coming off the court. First, our thoughts and prayers are with his family. I just can't say enough about what he meant to women's basketball." (1/2 cont.)— Wes Brown (@W_Brown21) January 26, 2020
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
God, we ALL need you!— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) January 26, 2020
“That’s a legend. He did so much for the game of basketball. A lot of people looked to Kobe Bryant, including myself.”— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 26, 2020
Lamar Jackson on Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/7guQmmGgAE
I’m so heartbroken. cant believe...Blessed to have chance to meet you. RIP Legend. 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/TlpRZdVpu7— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) January 26, 2020
Bro no way Kobe died 😱 no way— 2️⃣9️⃣ (@DhaSickest) January 26, 2020
Bro this isn’t real...— C.J. Miles (@masfresco) January 26, 2020
Scott Brooks on Kobe Bryant:— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) January 26, 2020
"Words can’t describe and it doesn’t do any justice to who he is and how he impacted the sports world." pic.twitter.com/6OYbW429ov
I can’t even put the words together for this....not Kobe— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) January 26, 2020
Mindset. Mentality. Mental Toughness. Mamba....🐐— Montez Sweat (@_sweat9) January 26, 2020
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