Even in retirement, Kobe Bryant is out here winning major awards.
The former Los Angeles Lakers star won an Oscar in the animated short category for Dear Basketball, a poem he wrote after ending his 20-year career on the court in 2016.
When Kobe accepted his award, he took all of 26 seconds to take a sweet jab at Laura Ingraham’s “shut up and dribble” comment aimed at LeBron James.
Kobe takes a shot at Laura Ingraham's "Shut up and dribble" quote at the Oscars pic.twitter.com/40CbggK7jw
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 5, 2018
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 5, 2018
While Kobe was celebrating his Oscar, critics were vocal of the Academy’s choice to award a star once plagued with sexual assault allegations in the midst of the era of #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement.
So Harvey Weinstein gets kicked out of Hollywood and Kobe Bryant gets two jerseys retired and wins an Oscar in the same #metoo year. Simply amazing.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) March 5, 2018
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 5, 2018
It was back in 2003 that a then-24-year-old Kobe Bryant was accused of sexual assault by a 19-year old hotel employee. Bryant would be arrested and brought up on felony charges attached to the case that was later dropped after his accuser refused to testify in court.
Soon after, he would release a statement in which he apologized for any harm he may have unknowingly brought upon the young girl. “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 […] 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.” The case was eventually settled in a civil suit.
Not making any excuses for Kobe’s actions but should he be considered in the same light of a Harvey Weinstein and a sexual predator?
Kobe never was convicted of any crimes and we never heard anyone else come out and made claims against Kobe. Weinstein and other acussed in the #MeToo and times up movement have mutiple accusers coming at all directions.
For folks to come out and attack Kobe Bryant are a little misguided in their anger.