As news of basketball icon Kobe Bryant’s death shook the entire world, several Detroit Lions players took to Twitter to express their shock and grief.
The 41-year-old star was among nine killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
Rest easy GOAT!!!!!!! can’t believe this!!! pic.twitter.com/DwL5bTnzhF— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) January 26, 2020
ESPN’s Michael Rothstein actually has a 2015 piece on Slay meeting Kobe, his childhood idol. You can read that here.
Man i absolutely hate the Kobe gave so much time and effort to the game and just when he was about to walk away and enjoy the pleasures of his kids and life fully...it comes to a short end...— Kerryon Johnson (@AyeyoKEJO) January 26, 2020
RIP TO MY IDOL— Mal (@jamalagnew) January 26, 2020
Numb right now. This isn’t supposed to happen. What a sad day. RIP Kobe.— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) January 26, 2020
Can’t believe the Kobe news man, RIP— Isaac Nauta (@isaac_nauta) January 26, 2020
This ain’t real bro— Will Harris (@jwillofficial_) January 26, 2020
Heroes come and go, but Legends are FOREVER. Praying for the family members and fans that are saddened by the news. Touched the world! pic.twitter.com/jQOdjBmIFh— Rashaan Melvin (@Rmelvin30) January 27, 2020
An absolutely tragic, heartbreaking day.
The rest of your notes:
- Mark Long for the Associated Press talked about how the Pro Bowlers remembered Bryant during the event yesterday, as well as how Kenny Golladay shined.
- You might’ve heard a few takes on this already, but ESPN’s Bill Barnwell lists the Lions among five teams that could make the playoff leap, comparing Detroit to San Francisco.
- A look at five specialists who could make sense for the Lions in the 2020 draft from MLive’s Benjamin Raven.
- John Maakaron with Sports Illustrated’s LionsMaven wonders — will Matthew Stafford be a Lion in 2021?
- Detroitlions.com’s Mike O’Hara has a column on the history of which players have been available at the third pick since 2010.