Did Kobe Bryant Berate ESPN’s Favorite? Exploring Heated Calls After Ice Cube’s Son Takes Snarky Jab

Published 11/09/2023, 7:49 AM EST

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Kobe Bryant was one hell of a player.  He was neither afraid of speaking his mind nor of offending someone with his honest remarks. One particular ESPN analyst was no exception. Years after Bryant scolded the 56-year-old, Kobe’s fanbase has now joined in to bash the ESPN employee. Of course, this isn’t just any old fan. Ice Cube called the Black Mamba one of his “heroes”. And it looks like the loyalty to Bryant has stayed in the family.

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Following the analyst’s controversial act of omitting Bryant from his list of the greatest Los Angeles Lakers players, Ice Cube’s son’s comment attracted the fans’ attention. Clearly, Kobe’s fanbase possesses the same grit and intensity that immortalized the 5-time NBA champion.

O’Shea Jackson roasted Stephen A. Smith for his Kobe take

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While people widely recognize Kobe Bryant’s greatness, many also have witnessed his strong persona. People loved and admired him. However, there were some controversies as well that marred his fame.

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It could be for that reason that Smith left out the legend from his list of Lakers’ greats. However, fans of the Black Mamba were not going to the matter lightly. As numerous netizens criticized the 56-year-old, O’Shea Jackson also joined the netizens to share his opinion.

Indirectly calling out the host, the son of famed rapper Ice Cube, wrote on X, “People talkin real crazy because they can’t get them phone calls from Bean no more.” 

Jackson might have indicated that Smith got the courage to exclude Bryant because the legend is no more with us. He wouldn’t receive a call from the Lakers legend, like he has before.

Smith was scared of Kobe Bryant’s phone call

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Kobe Bryant is the same player, who once accidentally broke his opponent’s nose and showed no remorse for his actions. Instead, he advised the player that he should have stayed out of his way.

It’s no surprise that Smith received a threatening voicemail after making negative comments about Bryant on live TV. Here is the message in case you didn’t know. “You know who this is motherfuc**.. Pick up the fuc* phone and call.”

Reportedly, Kobe added, “Don’t keep me waiting for so long either, your a** better not go on the air and say some other shi* before you talk to me.”

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A quintessentially Kobe-style response! Later, Stephen A. Smith admitted how the legend “scared the living sh*t out of” him. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pritha Debroy

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