Kobe Bryant died an inspiration to many — but not all. And we can’t ignore why.

Kobe Bryant died an inspiration to many — but not all. And we can’t ignore why.
Kobe Bryant (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Try telling that to the Washington Post, which suspended one of its reporters for tweeting about his rape case.]

The world was shocked last weekend to learn that basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people, had died in a helicopter crash on Sunday afternoon. The public mourning was immediate and intense. But as the surprise nature of the 41-year-old star’s untimely death began to wear off — or at least began to slightly fade — the enormity of what had happened started to sink in. Kobe Bryant — Kobe Bryant! — was gone. There was sadness and remembrance and everything else that comes with the sudden loss of a celebrity figure. But one thing we don’t seem ready for, at least not yet, is an actual accounting of the complicated public figure Kobe Bryant really was.

Specifically, the sexual assault case against Bryant nearly 20 years ago, in which he was accused of raping a hotel employee in Eagle, Colorado.

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