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ESPN Anchor’s Touching Recollection Of Kobe Bryant Bragging About Being A ‘Girl Dad’ Will Bring You To Tears

As sports fans mourn the death of the beloved NBA icon Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gigi, various anecdotes about his life have circulated. Countless stories about his intense work ethic, sense of humor and extreme love for being a father to his daughters. In fact, various sites have reflected on the passion for parenting the late basketball player displayed.

In perhaps, one of the most moving reflections of this love for being a father, ESPN anchor Elle Duncan shared an emotional story about her first and only encounter with Bryant.

During a recent broadcast of “Sports Center” Duncan shared a story about Bryant’s passion for being a “girl dad.”

Reflecting on her one interaction with Bryant, Duncan recalled meeting him at a time in which she was eight months pregnant. Duncan had approached the basketball player for an interview but was interrupted when Bryant became so excited by the sight of her pregnancy that he began to ask her for details about her baby. He asked when she was due and if she knew the sex of her baby.

“‘A girl,'” Duncan had told him before saying that the basketball player immediately high-fived her. “‘Girls are the best,'” he said.

Duncan recalled that she had asked him for advice on raising girls as he had three at the time. “He said, ‘just be grateful that you’ve been given that gift because girls are amazing.’ His third daughter, Bianka, was about a year-and-a-half old at the time, so I asked if he wanted more children. He said that his wife Vanessa really wanted to try again for a boy, but was sort of jokingly concerned that it would be another girl. And I was like, ‘four girls, are you joking? What would you think? How would you feel?'”

Duncan recalled how Kobe excitedly declared that girls were the best.

“Without hesitation, he said ‘I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad,'” Duncan recalled before also sharing that at the time Bryant had boasted his daughter’s Gigi’s praises for her own basketball talent.

“When it came to sports, he said that his oldest daughter was an accomplished volleyball player and that the youngest was a toddler, so TBD,” Duncan explained. “But that middle one, he said that middle one was ‘a monster, she’s a beast. She’s better than I was at her age. She’s got it.’ That middle one, of course, was Gigi.”

Holding back tears, Duncan said “When I reflect on this tragedy, and that half hour I spent with Kobe Bryant two years ago,” she added, “I suppose that the only small source of comfort for me is knowing he died doing what he loved the most: being a dad. Being a girl dad.”

Duncan’s story about Bryant quickly gained attention on social media and prompted fathers to share photos of their daughters with the hashtag #girldad.

Dad’s across Twitter and Instagram have been sharing what being a girl dad has meant to them in such sweet ways.

And the hashtag is now trending on Twitter with the sweetest pictures.

And the most touching words from other dads.

Like this post will make you cry.

And this one will break your heart.

But fortunately, so many of the posts are filled with hope.

And so much praise for Bryant and his girls.

Bryant died at the age of 41 and is survived by his wife and three other daughters.

A Teen Basketball Star Was Fatally Shot Days After His High School Graduation

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A Teen Basketball Star Was Fatally Shot Days After His High School Graduation

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Seventeen-year-old Brandon Hendricks had a bright future ahead of him. The star of his high school basketball team was headed to Saint John’s University in the fall but his prospects were brought to a sad end this past Saturday when he was shot and killed.

Hendricks was fatally shot in the neck just days after his graduation from James Monroe High School.

New York City police responded to a shooting in the Bronx early Sunday morning. When they arrived to the scene they found Hendricks suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. Soon after, Hendricks was rushed to Saint Barnabas Hospital. In a statement issued by NYPD, it was revealed that he came succame to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

According to CBS2, Hendricks was killed after an argument broke out at a barbecue.

Just last week, Hendricks graduated from school.

His death comes as a shock to teachers and family.

James Monroe High School’s team’s head coach Nigel Thompson wrote in an Instagram about his student’s death. “[Brandon] was a charismatic, humble young man. He listened and respected everyone,” he wrote. “He was an awesome teammate. Thoughtful, kind, and caring. Full of life and positivity. I’ve never met anyone who had anything bad to say about him.”

In his post, Thompson recalled how his student was more than just a lover of basketball. He excelled in academics as well. “Some of my fondest memories of Brandon was not on the court but in my Geometry class. Brandon was so inquisitive and intelligent. His questions, thoughtfulness and summaries always moved the class forward,” Thompson wrote. “He would bounce around the class helping his classmate until they got it. His effort in class was equal to his effort on the court…why was he taken away so soon?”

According to a statement issued by a senior police official to NBC New York, Hendricks has no police records and never had any run-ins with them.

Hendrick’s death is part of an ongoing investigation and no arrests have been made.

Vanessa Bryant Opened Up About The Heartbreaking Reason She Blocked Fan Accounts Paying Tribute To Kobe And Gigi

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Vanessa Bryant Opened Up About The Heartbreaking Reason She Blocked Fan Accounts Paying Tribute To Kobe And Gigi

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There’s no doubt that in the wake of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi’s deaths, Vanessa Bryant and her family have received quite the outpour of support from fans. Look up just about any hashtag with their names and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of images of the two deceased Bryant family members and just about as many fan accounts. The images and tributes have meant to be a eulogy to the two basketball players that lost their lives too soon.

Yet, recently Vanessa Bryant revealed that the ongoing support hasn’t always been so positive for her.

On Sunday, Vanessa Bryant opened up about having to take action and remove herself from all the social media love she and her family have received in the five months since her husband and daughter’s deaths.

In a post to her Instagram page, the mother of four, sent a note to fans to let them know that she and her 17-year-old daughter, Natalia, had decided to block fan pages in an effort to keep away from the constant pictures of Kobe and Gianna popping up on their “Explore” pages. In her post, Bryant underlined that she was only blocking the accounts to make sure she was continuing to heal and that it was not being done out of malice.

“Thx so much for all the [love]. @nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages. Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm,” Bryant wrote in a post to her Stories on Instagram.

Vanessa continued to explain that “We [love] you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your [love].”

Bryant’s Instagram page was made to be private soon after her husband’s death likely for similar reasons.

In a separate Instagram story to her own account Vanessa’s daughter Natalia shared, “We hope that people understand although these fan pages have good intentions, they make moving forward harder since they are constant reminders. Blocking the accounts have helped change the algorithm but we can not go public until the fan pages stop. We love all of your sweet intentions and we hope you understand.” 

Understandably, Bryant and her daughter are sheltering themselves from further hurt during this time.

Here’s hoping their fans continue to support them through this decision and understand their motives. Fortunately, while Bryant and her daughter Natalia have made their accounts private, they are still making their content available through other pages. Recently, Bryant revealed that she had decided to pay tribute to her late husband and daughter Gigi by commemorating their lives with tattoos.

Last week, Bryant took to Instagram to reveal she’d made the decision to honor her husband and daughter with two new tattoos.

Both images were shared with the public via Nikko Hurtado, the artist behind Vanessa’s ink work.

“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” she wrote in a caption to her Instagram page featuring a video of her new tattoo honoring her daughter. The details of the tattoo aren’t totally visible but in the comments, Bryant revealed that the tattoo features her late daughter’s handwriting. “So happy I can see my Gigi’s handwriting everyday ❤️ #mambacita,” she replied.

Bryant also shared a video of herself receiving another tattoo, this time for Kobe.

In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband.

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

For fans of the Bryants it’s important to note that while Vanessa and Natalia aren’t looking at fan accounts, the art is still available for you to view if it makes you feel better during this time.

Additionally, fans who want to keep up with Vanessa and Natalia and see how they continue to heal can follow friend accounts or stay in touch with us for updates!