Sports news and mainstream coverage of a b-ball star dominate local headlines and so our blog community shares an ALTERNATIVE perspective on a tragic death.
Here's the smartest comment sent our way so far . . .
"I believe in forgiveness and Kobe Bryant admitted he made a mistake. But rape is rape. All the people honoring him today seem to forget about his victim. I'm sure if you linked to an article like this you'd get hateful comments about not respecting a superstar basketball player. And yes, he leaves a grieving widow and three young kids. But he also leaves a rape victim that has to live with what he did to her for the rest of her life."
It's important to note that "prosecutors dropped the charges — which could have sent Bryant to prison for life — in 2004 after the accuser decided against testifying. A civil case she brought against him was settled out of court in 2005 for an undisclosed amount. Part of the suit involved a public apology from Bryant.
“Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did,” his statement said.
Similarly, one of the best and brightest among our blog community offers insight on the local impact . . .
"Does this take the pressure off the Chiefs now that they're out of the spotlight and the sports world is focused elsewhere for most of the week??"
Another TKC reader laments the local focus overall . . .
"Kobe might have passed through town once or twice but this is a NON-STORY for people viewers and readers who want Kansas City news. Shame on MSM for giving it so much time when there are more important things happening locally right now.
Accordingly, we take a quick look at Kobe news in order to keep moving forward with our local blogging:
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Everyone is in shock over the news of former NBA Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant's passing. Just Saturday, the Mamba was congratulating LeBron James on Twitter for surpassing him on the all-time scoring list. Many fans still can't believe he's gone.
Kobe Bryant was an All-Star on the court, but his legacy off the hardwood was more complex. The legendary NBA player made headlines in July 2003 when he was arrested on felony sexual assault charges in Colorado.
Footballer Nice Tweets
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - of NBA legend Kobe Bryant continued to spread Sunday, Kansas Citians with ties to Bryant started to offer their condolences. While en route to Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes took to Twitter in remembrance. Chiefs defensive lineman Frank Clark tweeted that Bryant was an idol.
Fed Flight Check
Local and federal authorities are investigating the Southern California helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine people, including 41-year-old NBA legend Kobe Bryant.The helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California, Sunday morning, killing everyone on board."It's a logistical nightmare in a sense because the crash site itself is
An MSNBC anchor apologized on Sunday after some believed she made a racial slur during a live broadcast shortly after the death of Kobe Bryant. Host Alison Morris appeared to drop the N-word while trying to say the name of Bryant's team, The Lakers, during an announcement about the fatal helicopter crash.
Best Obit So Far . . .
To celebrate the life of Kobe Bryant means celebrating both a beloved, unique athlete and a fallible human being-the entire story. I'm staring at a computer screen, watching the tweets about Kobe Bryant in a state of abject shock and horror.
Local Light Up
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Purple and gold shined on The Silverstein Eye Centers Arena Sunday evening in honor of Kobe Bryant, who died earlier in the day Word of the horrific crash on a California hillside traveled fast. "There were no survivors.
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