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Why It's So Complicated Talking About Kobe Bryant's Past

No one underestimates how incredible of an athlete, father and husband he was.

The world was rocked over the weekend with the news that 41-year-old former Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant had been killed in a helicopter crash.

Listen to the GOAT team unpack Kobe Bryant’s life and complicated past in the most recent episode of It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Bryant and his daughter were among nine people killed in the crash, which occurred in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning.

Following Bryant’s tragic death, words of condolence began flooding social media from his famous friends and fans, and the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards featured numerous tributes to the late great NBA legend in both performances and speeches.

Despite a lasting legacy and a career full of countless highs, Bryant also experienced lows throughout his life, including accusations of sexual assault in 2003.

The case was eventually dropped when Bryant’s accuser refused to testify and was later settled out of court after the woman filed a separate civil suit against him in 2004.

In his apology to the woman, Bryant said, “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognise now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”

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After news of Bryant’s death broke, Felicia Sonmez – a reporter for The Washington Post – was suspended after she tweeted an old article about the NBA player being accused of sexual assault.

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Sonmez’s tweet, and subsequent suspension, lead to a heated social media debate about people either completely ignoring Bryant’s sexual assault case, or making it their only focus.

Danielle Cadet, the Managing Editor of Refinery29, put it best when she tweeted, “It’s possible to feel overwhelming sadness for Vanessa Bryant and her remaining daughters AND acknowledge Kobe Bryant as an iconic athlete AND believe victims of sexual violence. It’s complicated. And that’s ok.”

Bryant was an incredible athlete, father, husband and friend, although no human is perfect – and that is something he admitted himself in his 2003 apology. These situations are incredibly nuanced and it is possible to celebrate the life of someone you admire while acknowledging their complicated past.

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual assault, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support services.

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Kobe Bryant’s Final Tweet Before His Death Will Break Your Heart

The professional basketball player died on Sunday.

It’s heartbreaking day for NBA fans with the news that 41-year-old former Lakers player Kobe Bryant has reportedly died in a helicopter crash.

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According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Bryant was in a helicopter that crashed in Calabasas, California on Sunday, along with eight other people who are also deceased.

Listen to the GOAT team unpack Bryant’s legacy and complicated past in the latest ep of It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

TMZ reports that Bryant’s eldest daughter, Gianna ‘Gigi’ Bryant, was also among those killed in the accident. She was just 13 years old.

The day before Kobe Bryant’s death, fellow professional basketball player LeBron James passed him on the all-time NBA scoring list during the Lakers’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Bryant congratulated James on Twitter – it was the last tweet he posted before his tragic death.

Tributes to the late basketball player have been flooding social media, including words of condolence from Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippen, Ellen DeGeneres, Trevor Noah and more. 

The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, has also released a statement on Kobe Bryant’s death: “Kobe Bryant was a giant who inspired, amazed, and thrilled people everywhere with his incomparable skill on the court — and awed us with his intellect and humility as a father, husband, creative genius, and ambassador for the game he loved.”

“He will live forever in the heart of Los Angeles, and will be remembered through the ages as one of our greatest heroes. This is a moment that leaves us struggling to find words that express the magnitude of shock and sorrow we are all feeling right now, and I am keeping Kobe’s entire family in my prayers at this time of unimaginable grief.”

Our hearts go out to Kobe Bryant’s wife, children and the rest of his family and friends during this difficult time.

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Trump’s Impeachment Trial Menu Has Major Billy Madison Vibes

It involves a lot of milk.

If you’ve been following Donald Trump’s impeachment, you’d be well aware that two articles, charging the President with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress have been submitted to the Senate. The trial is now in full swing, and from the outset, it looks like a bunch of people wearing boring suits having a really long, intense (sober) D&M. But if the impeachment menu is anything to go by, the trial is being run by a bunch of preschoolers.

There’s a longstanding Senate rule prohibiting food and drink from being on the floor during the impeachment trial, but we all know that all work and no food makes politicians dull boys – so the senators have come up with a sneaky menu loophole.

Listen to the GOAT team unpack Trump and his fellow Senator’s big boy milk and candy diet in the latest ep of It’s Been A Day For… below:

Apparently, water and milk (!!) are still allowed to be consumed in the chamber because of a precedent set all the way back in 1966. “Senate rules do not prohibit a Senator from sipping milk during his speech,” a presiding officer once stated.

Milk isn’t the only beverage senators have been sneaking onto the Senate floor, either. “Anecdotal evidence suggest that in years past senators have been allowed to bring other beverages, such as milk or orange juice, into the chamber,” assistant Senate historian Daniel Holt told Insider

If the milk wasn’t childish enough, there are also rumours of a ‘candy drawer’ on the Senate floor. According to Insider, GOP Sen. George Murphy of California started his sweetie stash back in 1965 and would secretly share them with his colleagues – a tradition that continues today.

Speaking to The Morning Call, spokesperson Steve Kelly said the candy menu is currently made up of with “Hershey’s bars with almonds, Rolo caramels, Milky Ways, 3 Musketeers bars, Palmer Peanut Butter Cups, and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.” 

The Senate floor is so much like a playground there’s even a rule prohibiting iPhones, talking or standing during the impeachment trial. AND one of the Senators is walking around playing with a fidget spinner…

For a group of people making some pretty important decisions about the future of Donald Trump’s Presidency, this menu sounds like kid’s stuff. 

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