Vanessa Bryant Fumes Over Meek Mill for Insensitive Comments on Kobe Bryant

Published 02/23/2021, 12:58 AM EST
LOS ANGELES- JULY 18: Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa attend a news conference at Staples Center, the home of the Lakers, July 18, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The 24-year-old NBA star proclaimed his innocence of the sexual assault charges filed by the district attorney of Eagle, Colorado for the alleged rape of a 19-year-old Colorado woman. (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)


Those on social media and those in creative fields such as lyricists and filmmakers all enjoy creative freedom, and rightfully so. But it is generally understood there’s always a thin line that one must avoid crossing to abstain from hurting sentiments. Something similar happened with Vanessa Bryant when she learned about a rap that had Kobe Bryant mentioned in it. 

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It has been just 13 months since the world lost Kobe and Gianna Bryant. To this day, people step up to pay tribute to the lost legend. But recently, something that might have been meant as a tribute didn’t go down too well with Vanessa.

Kobe Bryant, wife Vanessa Bryant, daughter’s Gianna Maria Onore Bryant, and Natalia Diamante Bryant arrive at Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2016 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016, in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

A verse containing Kobe Bryant left his wife fuming with anger

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The 33-YO Philly rapper, Meek Mill, recently dropped a track featuring another 26-YO rapper Lil Baby. The track titled “Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe)” surfaced online and received a huge backlash from both the fans and from Vanessa Bryant herself. The track had a verse that used Kobe’s unfortunate chopper crash in an analogy not many liked. In response to the popular rapper’s arguably insensitive lyrics, Vanessa put up an Insta story tagging him with a message. 

In the rap, rapper Lil Baby further goes on to say, “Have a son, so I can name him Kobe/Daughter Gigi.” Even if the songwriter and the rapper did write these lyrics to show their love for the late legend, their way of doing so wasn’t well received. 

Meek Mill responds as a former NBA player comes out to support him

Just as the news picked up heat, a former NBA player and present-day sports commentator, Kenny Smith, spoke in support of the rapper. The 55-YO expressed, “I’m a Meek Mill fan. I know he’s a huge basketball fan, huge Kobe fan. Whatever he says, I’m always going to give Meek a pass.”

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Even Meek Mill himself tweeted and claimed that the critics were promoting narratives that the internet was mindlessly following.

However, a majority of fans and other notable people felt it was disrespectful to reference Kobe Bryant in such a way. 

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Also recommended – WATCH: Vanessa Bryant Carries Kobe Bryant’s Tradition on Valentines Day

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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