I guess it’s because I’ve been a rape victim who wasn’t believed. So hearing about the 2003/04 rape case and the way everyone doesn’t believe her + everyone says she was only out for his money, always has irked me. Although we don’t know what happened in that hotel room. It reminds me that rape culture does exist and there will be people who don’t believe real victims because of their bias.
It’s also cringey when people post pictures of him and Vanessa with the caption, “relationship goals”. I don’t know… I wouldn’t think a marriage with someone who had a rape case settled outside of court and whose cheated on me over 100 times is the ideal relationship I’d want for my future daughter. I understand he seemed to be a “proud girl dad”. But it doesn’t mean he truly respected women and females.
Any way, if I were to give birth on this day and were to receive this from Los Angeles… I’m not sure how I would feel. He’s such a beloved figure because of his athleticism, his talent, and his work ethic. But it doesn’t make him an angel that everyone should have to like… Whether you believe he did it or not, maybe I just feel like receiving this could be triggering to other victims of rape. Because I know the topic of Kobe is sensitive to me due to being an nba fan with sexual trauma.
I respected his game and how he became a basketball legend. But personally, I don’t feel a strong emotional attachment to just him due to the way he’s treated women in the past. Even if he didn’t rape that young woman, he still cheated on his wife postpartum and I think any man who does that is not a good partner. I cried for his daughter though.
His daughter deserved to live a long fulfilling life and I was still sad when news broke on how they died tragically together. Still hoping she rests in peace of course.