A recently resurfaced video is reminding everyone about Kobe Bryant’s thoughts about visiting the White House just after his NBA playing days. Twitter user @RzstProgramming posted the clip on Thursday (February 27), which shows an interview the Lakers legend gave back in October 2017, just a year after he retired. When asked about the athletes who have skipped trips to Washington, D.C. after winning championships.
Kobe said he’d decline a White House visit with Trump in the Oval Office.
#KobeBryant evolved on this issue while Trump was in office. When last asked, Kobe Bryant said he “wouldn’t go” to the Trump White House as a “matter of respect and standing up what you believe in.” #WhiteHouseVisit pic.twitter.com/3Du4HeBcar— Resist Programming ? (@RzstProgramming) February 28, 2020
“I wouldn’t go, simple,” he says. “I think it’s a whole matter of respect and standing up for what you believe in.
Now, you can agree or not disagree, and that’s completely fine.
I think that’s the beauty of the country is being able to speak up for what you believe in.
So being able to voice that opinion, you can agree with it, you can disagree with it, but I’ll certainly respect your opinion.
I believe all thought should be valued. So, I wouldn’t go.”Trump called Bryant a hero the day of the helicopter crash, labeling it “terrible news.”
Kobe and Gianna Bryant were finished on January 26 while taking a helicopter to the Mamba Academy for basketball practice in nearby Thousand Oaks.
The aircraft crashed in Calabasas and finished everyone on board.
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