Kobe Bryant Apologizes for Calling Out Girl on Basketball Team for Attending Recital Instead of Game

Kobe Bryant had to walk back some remarks he made in a controversial Instagram caption, issuing not only a clarification of what he meant, but an apology too.

Bryant, 41, received major criticism on Wednesday from social media users after he called out one of the players on his daughter’s basketball team for missing an important game in order to go to a dance recital.

The former Laker has since defended his actions, claiming that the intention behind the post was not to shame or embarrass the middle schooler, but to point out why the young athlete was not pictured in his team’s fourth place photo.

The controversy first started over the weekend after the retired NBA player revealed that his AAU basketball team, the Mambas, had won a game by a dominating score of 115-27 against an opponent they had previously lost to.

The victory was a long time coming, as Bryant went on to reveal in additional Instagram posts that over the past two years, he encouraged his team to stay focused and “do the work” so that they could earn a trophy for finishing in first place, not fourth.

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Two years ago we lost to the same team 22-21 #hardwork #mambas

A post shared by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on Sep 8, 2019 at 7:05pm PDT


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2 years ago, my little Mambas lost a game by 20, 25 and 40. I asked what they planned on doing with the 4th place trophy they had just “won” and they all said “throw it away”. I told them instead to put it somewhere in their room where it would be the first thing they see when they wake up to remind themselves what they will never “win” again. We will win some and lose some but we will continue to do THE WORK. Cry about it or be about it was my message. They chose to be about it #mambamentality

A post shared by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on Sep 9, 2019 at 9:41pm PDT


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In the second Instagram post, however, the NBA star took his motivational message to an extreme, by pointing out that one of his players had missed the game from two years ago in order to attend a dance recital.

“Here’s our fourth place ‘winners’ picture lol six of the kids in the picture stayed with me and worked every single day to get better and continue to work to this day,” he captioned the shot before editing his message. “The 7th player (not in pic) missed this game for a dance recital so that should tell you where her focus was at this time.”

“From the original group of 7 we have added a player TWO years YOUNGER (6th grade now), a player who’s team in our area folded and …read more

Source:: People


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