New details have emerged about the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed a little more than a year ago. The National Transportation Safety Board has issued an official statement of the probable cause of the fatal helicopter crash, blaming mistakes by pilot Ara Zobayan.
New Details Emerge About Helicopter Crash
It’s been reported that Kobe didn’t pressure Zobayan to fly at all, but rather he felt self-induced pressure and still went through with their flight. Investigators also said he was undergoing spatial disorientation, in which a pilot doesn’t realize if they’re going up or down, in this case Zobayan would have not known he was descending.
The NTSB has issued the official statement of probable cause — blaming mistakes by pilot Ara Zobayan. “The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause of this accident was the pilot’s decision to continue flight under visual flight rules into instrument meteorological conditions which resulted in the pilot spatial disorientation and loss of control.” (TMZ)
2 Chainz Remembers Kobe Bryant
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz knows the importance of January 26. The hip-hop veteran came forward last month to remember the life of the late NBA icon and his daughter Gigi Bryant. Deuce went to his Instagram page to share a timeless shot of Kobe and his teenage daughter. Instead of using words, Chainz relied on the power of emojis to express his feelings on the one-year anniversary of their deaths.
In late December 2020, NFL superstar Russell Wilson said he needed to tap into the “Mamba Mentality” that Kobe made famous. Wearing a Kobe jersey, Russ talked about what the late Bryants meant to him.
“Dear Kobe & GiGi… Thanks for being an inspiration. #Mamba #24 #8 #2 🐍”
Naomi Osaka Credits Kobe For Winning US Open
A few months ago, tennis star Naomi Osaka credited Kobe for playing a key role in her US Open tournament win. The 22-year-old went to her Instagram page with a salute to Black Mamba.
“I wore this jersey every day after my matches. I truly think it gave me strength. Always 💛💜” -Naomi Osaka’s Instagram
Big Sean Declares 8/24 A National Holiday
Detroit rapper Big Sean paid homage on Aug. 24 and called it a national holiday. Kobe’s two jersey numbers — 8 and 24 — are both retired by the Los Angeles Lakers.
“National Holiday 8/24 💜💛♾” -Big Sean’s Instagram
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