On Sunday, 41-year-old NBA legend Kobe Bryant tragically died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and seven others were also killed in the crash. They were on their way to a girls basketball game at Mamba Sports Academy.
And, in a now-viral TikTok, user @rogermrojas shared a clip of Kobe explaining why he chose to regularly fly via helicopter: So he could spend more time with his family.
The TikTok clip is from a 2018 interview Kobe did with Barstool Sports’ The Corp with A-Rod and Big Cat. During the interview, Kobe said:
“…You know, after-school activities, all that fun stuff — even on weekends. But, then, traffic started getting really, really bad. Right? And I was sitting in traffic and I wound up missing, like, the school play because I was sitting in traffic. And these things kept mounting and I had to figure out a way where I could still train and focus on the craft, but still not compromise family time. So, that’s when I looked into helicopters…to be able to get down and back in 15 minutes, and that’s when it started. The routine was always the same. Weights early in the morning, kids to school, fly down, practice like crazy, do my extra work, media, everything I needed to do, fly back, get back in the carpool line, and pick the kids up. And my wife was like, ‘Listen, I can pick them up…’ and I’m like, ‘No, no, no, I want to do that,’ because you know you have road trips and times where you don’t see your kids, you know? So, like, every chance I get to see them and spend time with them — even if it’s 20 minutes in the car — like, I want that.”
The TikTok was also shared on Twitter, where it now has more than 5.5 million views.
People are admiring Kobe for being such a dedicated father.
You can watch the full 2018 interview by The Corp below.
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