By Amy Alfredson
In the wake of tragedy, it is often difficult and taboo to reference the wrong the dead might have done. While it is hard, it is necessary, for when a person causes harm there is always at least one recipient. Because of this, glorifying the dead and turning them into an idol further perpetrates the violence done to their victims when they were alive. No legend is perfect, for sure, but some are less so than others. For those unaware like I was or those that merely do not remember like the rest of the world, this forgotten piece of violence belongs to Kobe Bryant’s legacy.
Let me begin by expressing my condolences for the family, friends, and fans that are going through this hard time. Kobe Bryant meant a lot to many people and did manage amazing feats while he was alive. Though perhaps more tragic than his death is the untimely passing of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, a young woman at the beginning of what should have been a long and beautiful life. I wish to remember also the other victims of the crash, people who deserve just as much love and remembrance as the Bryant family: John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, and Sarah and Payton Chester. And finally, by no means do I want the memories people may have of Kobe Bryant to be tarnished, but the truth and the harm that has been done needs to be acknowledged by every individual invested in his career and legacy.
As some may know and remember, Kobe Bryant sexually assaulted a woman at a hotel in 2003.Continue reading “The Forgotten Piece of Kobe Bryant’s Legacy”