On Sunday morning, a helicopter crash in southern California tragically claimed the lives of nine people, including 18-time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant, and his daughter Gianna.
Over at Golden State of Mind I wrote about Bryant’s legacy, and the complications we often have when reconciling the off-court transgressions with the on-court wizardry. So if you want to read my thoughts on the matter, you can do so here.
Otherwise, this isn’t the place for my feelings on the topic, good or bad. But it is the space for the thoughts of the San Francisco Giants.
Bryant was considered a deity by many professional athletes. Not surprisingly, a few members of the Giants took to social media to pay their respects to the NBA legend.
We join the sports world in mourning the passing of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and all of the victims of today's tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this difficult time. https://t.co/SUxaM2z9H8— SFGiants (@SFGiants) January 27, 2020
Statement from Hall of Famer Willie Mays, regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant. pic.twitter.com/THSEURozol— SFGiants (@SFGiants) January 27, 2020
RIP to my friend Kobe Bryant. I’m truly devastated by the news of his passing and the passing of his young daughter Gianna. A true legend in the game of basketball and an inspiration to the world. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family during this heartbreaking time pic.twitter.com/ZLSqnvu1mu— Barry L Bonds (@BarryBonds) January 26, 2020
A terrible loss. Prayers to his wife and daughters. Legend. pic.twitter.com/q641YuZnIa— Orlando Cepeda (@OrlandoCepeda30) January 26, 2020
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Growing up in the Bay Area, I learned from an early age to not like anything “LA.” It was always hard for me to dislike Kobe though. You had to respect his game, commitment, and desire to succeed. Then I met @jalynnecrawford and found out he was her favorite athlete. I started paying closer attention to him and discovered that not only was he great on the court, but even better as a husband, father, businessman, filmmaker and overall person off the court. Still doesn’t seem real. RIP Kobe. Thoughts and prayers to all the families and everyone affected I can’t even begin to imagine the pain
The Giants also paid respect to John Altobelli, a legendary junior college baseball coach, and his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa. All three were killed in the accident.
Baseball is family. We are heartbroken by the passing of legendary baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and daughter Alyssa in yesterday's tragedy. Our thoughts are with the Altobelli family, particularly their son J.J. and daughter Alexis. pic.twitter.com/dlEGLGasVk— SFGiants (@SFGiants) January 27, 2020
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#repost @bosco_baseball ・・・ Coach Barbara and St. John Bosco Baseball extend our deepest sympathizes to the entire Altobelli Family and OCC Baseball. The legacy Coach Alto has left on the baseball community is unmatched by any words that can be written. Our thoughts and prayers are with you ・・・ @occpirateathletics: It is with a shattered heart that we announce that longtime head baseball coach, John Altobelli, his wife, Keri and youngest daughter, Alyssa, were killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash that also took the life of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and 5 others. Our deepest sympathies are with the Altobelli family and all those affected by yesterday’s tragedy.
Sending as much love and peace as is possible to the friends and family of all nine people.