Kobe and Vanessa Bryant always had their children’s best interest in mind, especially when it came to travel arrangements.
A source told People that the Bryants “always considered what was best” for their daughters, which is why they made the decision to “never fly on a helicopter together.”
The insider explained:
“It’s not necessarily because you are concerned something will happen, it’s just a precaution. A lot of couples with children make plans that are in the best interest of their children. It was the same for Kobe and Vanessa.”
The source noted that the decision was “not fear-based,” but that the couple merely felt it was “best for their family,” adding:
“As very family-focused parents, they always considered what was best for the children. This is why Kobe started flying in the first place. He wanted to make sure he could work and be the best dad possible.”
That, he was.
As we reported, the NBA icon was killed in a
The basketball legend previously revealed he used helicopters for traveling during his two decades playing for the LA Lakers as a way to spend more time with his Orange County-based family, and less time in traffic. The 41-year-old told Alex Rodriguez in 2018 that he “had to figure out a way where I could still train and focus on the craft but still not compromise family time,” adding:
“I was sitting in traffic and I wound up missing like a school play. 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.”
Vanessa broke her silence on the deadly accident in a heartbreaking Instagram post on Wednesday, telling fans she’s “devastated” over the loss of her “adoring” husband and their “beautiful, sweet” daughter Gigi. She wrote:
“We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon.”
In her statement, Vanessa also announced that the Mamba Sports Foundation set up the MambaOnThree Fund to “help support the other families affected by this tragedy.”
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