Sport Tribute for Kobe Bryant kicks off Super Bowl media night
Here are the 9 victims of the Calabasas helicopter crash, including Kobe Bryant
While Los Angeles officials haven't named the victims, their identities have been confirmed through official channels or by family and friends.State and federal authorities hadn't identified any of the victims as of Monday afternoon, but eight of them were identified through official channels within 36 hours of the fatal crash. Family members and friends confirmed the identity of the remaining victim, the pilot, to multiple news outlets Monday.
MIAMI (AP) Chants of “Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!” broke a moment of a silence that kicked off a more subdued Super Bowl media night.
Investigators analyzing video that captures sound of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed on Sunday.An image taken with a drone shows a mural of the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at a housing community in Taguig, Philippines, on Jan. 29.
The NFL opened the most hyped week in professional sports with mixed emotions Monday night, one day after retired superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others died in a helicopter crash in California.
The Kansas City Chiefs took the stage first on what typically is a wild evening filled with zany antics by quasi-media members. One television reporter wearing a short, white dress and sailor's cap asked a few players to do the Floss dance with her but the atmosphere was mostly deflated.
Fans of the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers made some noise. Still, it seemed there were more media than fans in the seats at Marlins Park, making it look a lot like a baseball game in the middle of summer than the NFL's annual version of a music festival.
They Heard Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Go Down. Then They Prayed.
CALABASAS, Calif. — It began as just another Sunday at a little church along Las Virgenes Road, on a quiet edge of suburban Los Angeles. The Church in the Canyon is an unremarkable box of a building, with a flat roof over glass front doors. It was about 9:45 a.m. The Sunday worship service was an hour away. A ceiling of low clouds obscured the tops of the bare, brown hills across the road. You cannot always see the moment that the world is about to change.Sign Up For the Morning Briefing NewsletterElizabeth Howland Forrest had just arrived from Santa Monica, mesmerized along the way by the low-flying helicopter that she followed west for several miles on Highway 101.
Players tried to soak in the excitement of their first trip - for many - to the Super Bowl while struggling with the news of Bryant's death.
"I wasn't lucky enough to get to meet Kobe," Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said. "But the impact that he made in my life, it was huge. The way he was able to go about every single day, when I was a kid, and the work ethic and the intensity that he had to be great every single day.
“Even to this day, I still watch videos on YouTube the day before games and just listen to him talk and how he puts everything in perspective of being great on and off the field with his kids, and his business ventures and then, obviously, his play. It's a tragic thing. Prayers to his family, but he made a huge impact in my life, for sure.”
Mahomes was the one who broke the news to teammate Tyreek Hill on the team's flight to Miami.
"It was like, ‘Man do you believe this?' And I was just like waking up. So I was like ‘Dude, I don’t want to see that right now," Hill said. “He was like ‘Dude, wake up, wake up, wake up!’ and I saw it. I was like, ‘No, I don’t believe it because you know you see stuff online and it be like fake ... especially someone like that. Man, that’s Kobe man. He’s a role model. He’s a GOAT. You don’t expect nothing like that. Someone who has as much money as him, as much fame as him, to go down the way he did him and his family. I don’t know, bro. I just hate talking about stuff like that personally man because sad you know.”
Elliott: Sorrow overwhelms at Staples Center over death of Kobe Bryant
Flowers. There were so many flowers. And candles whose fragrance competed with bouquets that had been lovingly placed in makeshift memorials along 11th Street, outside Staples Center, and in huge mounds across the street at Xbox Plaza at L.A. Live. There were balloons and jerseys, smiling teddy bears and scuffed basketballs. But the gut punches were delivered by notes that had been written on paper, cardboard, or greeting cards.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid knew Bryant from his years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles. Bryant went to high school in a Philly suburb and had a love-hate relationship with fans in the city because he played for the Los Angeles Lakers. But he was a die-hard Eagles fan and his reaction on social media after the team won its first Super Bowl title two years ago endeared him to many. The city mourned his loss as one of its own.
“It's sad,” Reid said. “A great person, man. I feel bad for his family, sick for his family. They'll rebound. They're strong. They'll live up to his strength.”
Reid is the seventh coach in league history to lead two teams to the Super Bowl. His Eagles lost to the New England Patriots 15 years ago.
The Chiefs are making their first appearance in the NFL title game in 50 years, seeking their second championship.
The 49ers are going for their sixth win in seven trips. Their only loss came against Baltimore in their previous appearance seven years ago.
AP Pro Football Writers Teresa M. Walker and Dennis Waszak contributed to this report.
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Reports: Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant laid to rest in private ceremony last week .
Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna have been laid to rest, according to multiple reports. The two were buried in a private ceremony in Corona Del Mar, California on Feb. 7, according to the reports. Multiple publications cited the death certificates as confirming the ceremony, while Entertainment Tonight spoke with somebody in touch with Bryant’s widow Vanessa Bryant. “Vanessa and the family wanted a private service to mourn their loss," the source told ET. “The ceremony was extremely hard for everyone as it's still hard for them to grasp they lost two beautiful souls.”Kobe and Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Jan.
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