Vanessa Bryant Gives Heartfelt Speech At Kobe Bryant Statue Unveiling

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Yesterday (Feb. 8), Vanessa Bryant gave a heartfelt speech during the unveiling of the highly anticipated Kobe Bryant statue outside of the Arena in Los Angeles, California.

“It goes without saying, today is an especially sad day for us since Kobe and Gigi aren’t here for what is supposed to be an incredibly joyous moment in Kobe’s legacy,” she began. “I want to thank you all for being here and showing your love and support for Kobe and our family. I’m thankful for all of the fans, including those watching and supporting from home.”

Vanessa continued, “Kobe has so many people that have supported him all over the world from the very beginning, and this moment isn’t just for Kobe. It’s for all of you who have been rooting for him all of these years. And to the fans here in LA: This is a special city Kobe was so proud to represent. You welcomed him with open arms and have been so important to him, our family and his legacy. It brings me joy to see how much love you have for all of us. We love you back.”

Check out the full ceremony below.