Kobe Bryant’s family has issued a statement asking for privacy while criticizing the media for the false reports that emerged soon after news first broke of Kobe and 13-year-old daughter Gianna’s tragic death.
“We are disappointed in some media’s broad use of unnamed sources and blind quotes, and remind everyone that the Bryant family will speak on our own behalf when appropriate,” Kobe Inc. president Molly Carter said in a statement the Los Angeles Times. “To this point, no one has been authorized to speak on behalf of the family regarding any personal details surrounding Sunday’s tragedy, including stories related to the family’s previous air travel decisions. We ask members of the media for respect and responsible judgment during this difficult time. These inaccurate reports only add unnecessary pain to a grieving family.”
The request for privacy comes after Vanessa Bryant’s heartbreaking post on Instagram on Wednesday. “There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now,” Bryant wrote alongside a photo of their family. “I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.”
RIP to the family.