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Vanessa Bryant, widow of NBA icon Kobe Bryant, will donate 16 million dollars to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation that he will receive as compensation after winning the trial against the authorities of Los Angeles (USA) for spreading images of the corpses of the player and his daughter Gigi.
Luis Li, Vanessa Bryant’s lawyer, assured this Thursday in a statement collected by the Los Angeles Times that, with this donation, The widow of the Lakers legend wants to honor “the legacy of Kobe and Gigi.”
In addition, Li stressed that “from the beginning (of the trial) Vanessa Bryant has only sought accountability.”
Created by Kobe Bryant as the Mamba Sports Foundation (a reference to his on-court nickname, “The Black Mamba”), this organization changed its name in 2020 to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation to pay tribute to both the player and his daughter.
On its website, this non-profit organization explains that its objective is “create a positive impact” for athletes “with few resources”.
A jury found Wednesday that Vanessa Bryant will get 16 million for the trial of the photographs of the helicopter crash in which Kobe Bryant died and that Chris Chester, who lost his wife and daughter in the same event, will receive 15 million.
The jury’s decision came a day after Kobe Bryant’s birthday, who would have turned 44 on Tuesday.
Vanessa Bryant’s lawyers accused the Los Angeles county of having released photos of the helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 in which Kobe Bryant and eight others died.
The accusation assured that deputies of the ‘sheriff’ and members of the fire department spread and showed these images in their close circles on different occasions, such as, for example, in a bar where they were shown to a waiter.
“I feel devastated, hurt and betrayed by the county employees who leaked the photos”Vanessa Bryant said last week at the trial, where she added that she has not yet seen those images because she wants to “remember them as they were.”
For its part, the defense argued that the photos have not appeared on the internet for more than two and a half years since the accident and that, therefore, there would be no reason to think that something like this could happen now.
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