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Kobe's Widow Publicly Responds for the First Time

And drone footage shows devastating wreckage of the crash
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2020 6:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Kobe Bryant's widow has issued her first public acknowledgement of his death without saying a word. Vanessa Bryant posted a new profile photo Wednesday on her Instagram account—of Kobe embracing their 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who also died in a helicopter crash in the Los Angeles area Sunday morning, CNN reports. Seven others perished in the accident that inspired a public outpouring of grief and headlines around the world. Vanessa still hasn't spoken to the media, but made her Instagram page public Wednesday after it went private in the wake of the crash. In related news:

  • Drone video: Newly released drone video shows the crash wreckage strewn across a hillside in Calabasas, Calif., USA Today reports. The National Transportation Safety Board footage covers the length of two football fields. "It was a pretty devastating accident scene," says an NTSB member.
  • Surveillance cam: A woman who lives near the accident scene says her Google Nest camera caught audio of the crash. "We heard a sputter coming through and then a boom," she tells KABC—which took down the video, but the New York Post has it.
  • Great memory: Steve Kerr is among those commenting on his favorite Kobe Bryant memories, NBC Sports reports. Kerr recalls a 2010 Los Angeles Lakers-Phoenix Suns game when Kerr was general manager in Phoenix. "Kobe hit a series of impossible shots right in front of the Phoenix bench" and slapped Suns coach Alvin Gentry on the behind twice, Kerr tells the SVPod podcast. "Anybody else, Alvin would have been ready to fight. But at that point, you just tip your cap." (See one of the shots here.)
  • Kobe's parents: People recalls Kobe's tumultuous relationship with his parents, which involved a lawsuit over memorabilia and Bryant publicly criticizing them. "I say, 'I'm going to buy you a very nice home,' and the response is, 'That's not good enough?' Then you’re selling my [stuff]?" he told ESPN in 2016. But the father and son were recently seen embracing at a basketball camp, so things might have improved: "You know how they loved each other from how they looked at each other, how they smiled," former coach Wayne Slappy tells the Daily Mail.
(Read more Kobe Bryant stories.)

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