Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa speaks out about unimaginable grief

first_imgFebruary 11, 2020 /Sports News – National Kobe Bryant’s widow Vanessa speaks out about unimaginable grief Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAxelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, has opened up about her grief in the wake of her family’s unimaginable loss. In an Instagram post Monday, Vanessa Bryant wrote that she’s been “reluctant to put my feelings into words” but wanted to share her experiences in case anybody in a similar situation could relate. Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among the nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26. Kobe Bryant was 41 years old; Gianna, whom loved ones called “Gigi,” was 13. “My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time,” Vanessa Bryant wrote. “It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live.”Vanessa Bryant, 37, married the NBA star in 2001, when she was 18 years old and he was 22. Together they had four daughters: Natalia, 17, Gigi, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months. Gigi, by all accounts, was following in her father’s footsteps, and had aspirations to play basketball professionally. In the days after the crash, Vanessa Bryant thanked the public for their outpouring of support, and wrote that she’s taken comfort in “knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved.” Still, the dichotomy of raising three children while in mourning has been difficult, she added. “I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri,” she wrote. “God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.” A public memorial service for Kobe and Gianna Bryant will be held on the morning of Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The date reflects the basketball jersey numbers worn by Kobe (24) and Gianna (2).Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

USA: San Antonio Starts Out to Complete Second Half of Sea Trials

first_img View post tag: Half View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: San Antonio View post tag: News by topic USA: San Antonio Starts Out to Complete Second Half of Sea Trials View post tag: trials View post tag: Starts Out The amphibious transport dock San Antonio set sail today to complete the second half of its two-part series of sea trials…By Lauren King (Hamptonroads)[mappress]Source: Hamptonroads, June 8, 2011; View post tag: sea View post tag: usa June 8, 2011 View post tag: Second View post tag: Navy View post tag: complete Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: San Antonio Starts Out to Complete Second Half of Sea Trials Share this articlelast_img read more

Spurs’ Lonnie Walker reveals he was ‘sexually harassed, raped, abused’ by family members as a child

first_imgThe hair that many use to identify Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV is gone. No mohawk. No flat top. No locks.And, most importantly, no “demons,” as the 21-year-old described them. Walker, in an Instagram post Thursday night, revealed that he had his hair cut symbolically so the emotional wounds of his childhood can begin to heal. Starting in fifth grade, Walker said, he began growing his hair out as a way to cope with his being sexually abused by family members.MORE: What to know about the NBA’s return in July”The real truth as to why I started doing this early 5th grade, it was a cloaking device for me,” Walker wrote in the caption of his post. “During the summer of my 5th grade year I was around more family. Some that names will be left alone I was around more. I was sexually harassed, raped, abused, I even got accustomed to it because being at that age you don’t know what is what.”I was a gullible curious kid that didn’t know what the real world was. I had a mindset that my hair was something that I can control. My hair was what I can make and create and be mine. And it gave (me) confidence.”As of recently I wasn’t at my best. Previous History popping up in my head and it sucked mentally “demons”….. because of this virus, I began to truly look at myself in the mirror and see who I truly was even behind closed doors.”Long story short I have found peace and internal happiness through this journey god willingly. I forgave everyone even the people that don’t deserve it why? Because it’s dead weight. Time doesn’t wait on anyone so why should I waste my time on it? View this post on Instagram The real truth as to why i started doing this early 5th grade, it was a cloaking device for me. During the summer of my 5th grade year I was around more family. Some that names will be left alone I was around more. I was sexually harassed, raped, abused, I even got accustomed to it because being at that age you don’t know what is what. I was a gullible curious kid that didn’t know what the real world was. I had a mindset that my hair was something that I can control. My hair was what I can make and create and be mine. And it gave my confidence. As of recently I wasn’t at my best. Previous History popping up in my head and it sucked mentally “demons”….. because of this virus, I began to truly look at myself in the mirror and see who I truly was even behind closed doors. Long story short I have found peace and internal happiness through this journey god willingly. I forgave everyone even the people that don’t deserve it why? Because it’s dead weight. Time doesn’t wait on anyone so why should I waste my time on it ? Me cutting my hair was more than a cut. My hair was a mask of me hiding the insecurity’s that I felt the world wasn’t ready for. But now better then ever. Out with old. In with the new. I have shed my skin mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Life will always be hard. Gotta play with the cards your dealt with and try and make a winning hand. And if you lose. It’s never a lost. It’s a lesson 🙏🏾. I’m gonna be off this for awhile still growing through this. Just know I love each and everyone one of y’all. Peace love and happiness 💕🙏🏾A post shared by Lonnie Walker IV (@buddah) on Jun 11, 2020 at 5:52pm PDTWalker in the video he posted explains the progression of his hair styles through high school and college. (He played one season at Miami before he was selected No. 18 overall by San Antonio in the 2018 NBA Draft.)Walker was averaging 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game for the Spurs before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the 2019-20 NBA season in March. San Antonio is among the 22 teams that will participate in the resumption of the season next month in Orlando, Fla. “Me cutting my hair was more than a cut. My hair was a mask of me hiding the insecurity’s that I felt the world wasn’t ready for. But now better then ever. Out with old. In with the new. I have shed my skin mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Life will always be hard. Gotta play with the cards your dealt with and try and make a winning hand. And if you lose. It’s never a lost. It’s a lesson. I’m gonna be off (Instagram) for awhile still growing through this. Just know I love each and everyone one of y’all. Peace love and happiness.”last_img read more