Kobe Bryant loved México; his wife & daughters are Mexicanas

Kobe Bryant loved México; his wife & daughters are Mexicanas

Kobe Bryant was married to a Mexicana named Vanessa Bryant, with whom had 4 daughters.

  • “My Latino fans are very important to me because they were the first ones who embraced me the most when I first got here,” Kobe Bryant said in Spanish in 2016.
  • Kobe expressed his appreciation for Latinos beyond the basketball court. He regularly frequented El Camino Real, a Mexican restaurant in Fullerton, which was also his wife’s favorite childhood haunt. Whether Bryant would dine-in or get takeout, he reportedly always greeted the staff and customers in Spanish. His favorite meal was carnitas and flan.

 

 

Last Sunday’s death of Kobe Bryant has affected many and brought together people of all backgrounds, but it is especially painful for Latinos, who say the basketball legend had an outsized impact on their communities.

Bryant, who along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash Sunday, was husband to Vanessa Bryant, who is Mexican-American. The couple had four daughters together and resided in Los Angeles, a city that is nearly half Latino. Bryant had shouted out Latino fans in past interviews, even crediting them with his desire to learn Spanish.

“My Latino fans are very important to me because they were the first ones who embraced me the most when I first got here,” Bryant said in a 2016 Spanish-language interview that was widely shared on social media in tribute. “So I told them, ‘give me two or three years so that I can learn a little bit of Spanish.’”

Bryant added that his Spanish was “not that good,” but this appeared to have been a modest assessment, as he routinely conducted full-length interviews in Spanish, which endeared him even more to Latino fans. He said that he was inspired to learn the language because of his wife and because his Latino fans “mean everything” to him. He told Univision in a separate interview that he learned Spanish through watching telenovelas with his family.

 

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Spanish below.

Este domingo 26 de enero el mundo del deporte ha recibido una de las más trágicas noticias de los últimos años: la estrella de basquetbol, Kobe Bryant murió en un accidente de helicóptero junto su hija Gianna Maria Bryant que a sus 13 años ya figuraba en las canchas bajo el sobrenombre de “Mambacita»”, en honor a su padre, que fue conocido como “Mamba Negra”.

Una de las cosas que muchos aficionados aún desconocen sobre el exjugador, es que él mismo se declaró fan de de México, pues en una entrevista que tuvo con TUDN (en la que habló todo el tiempo en español), le preguntaron cuál era la relación que tenía con nuestro país y él respondió con una enorme sonrisa, recordando que su esposa Vanessa Bryant es mexicana.

“Mi esposa es mexicana, mis hijas son mexicanas”. Kobe Bryant.

 

 

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En la misma entrevista, que fue una de las últimas que concedió, Kobe habló sobre una etapa que recién comenzaba en su vida, la de empresario en el mundo del futbol, otro deporte que le apasionaba; Bryant explicó cómo surgió la bebida para deportistas de alto rendimiento llamada Body Armor, que lanzó recientemente.

Pese a que decenas de personalidades del deporte, los espectáculos y las política han reaccionado ante la triste noticia, aún hay poco información difundida al respecto; inicialmente se hablaba de la posibilidad de que en la aeronave siniestrada viajaran Vanessa y las cuatro hijas de Kobe (Natalia, Bianka, Gianna y Capri), pero se confirmó que tanto su esposa como tres de las menores, están a salvo.

source: canal 44.

 

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