According to one report, Kobe Bryant had a good choice for zipping around Southern California – but he and his wife vowed never to fly together.
“He and his wife Venessa had entered into an agreement between them that they would never fly on a helicopter together “. Some sources said that the People magazine was the reason behind this agreement.
In a 2018 interview on “The Corp,” a Barstool sports podcast, Bryant explained that he opted to go by helicopter to beat LA gridlock during his playing days and spend maximum time with his wife and daughters.
“Traffic really, really started to get worse,” explained the Lakers legend. “I went missing, like; a school play because I was sitting in traffic. I had to find a way where I can still train and concentrate on the craft but still not compromise on family time.
“So that when I saw the helicopters, to be able to go down and back in 15 minutes, and that’s when it started.”
That precious family time included repeated setbacks for Disneyland, as in a November post on Instagram celebrating the 20th anniversary with his wife at the memorial. “On this day 20 years ago I met my best friend, my queen @vanessabryant,” the 41-year-old retired baller wrote in a moving caption for the photo, comparing the couple in 1999 and 2019.
“I decided to take her on a date to Disneyland tonight to celebrate the old school style (pre 4 princesses),” he said, referring to the couple’s four daughters: Natalia, 17; Gianna, 13; Bianka, 3; And Capri, born last June.
Bryant and his second daughter, named Gigi, had to go to a basketball tournament that was to be held in California, so they were both traveling to their Mamba Sports Academy in California on Sunday morning. His daughter was fully prepared to play in that tournament and her father was the coach.
But unfortunately while traveling, the helicopter crashed into the hills of Calabasas even in a fog filled with a total of seven people killed, including two pilots, including an experienced pilot named Ara Zobayan.
The man who told the public about Bryant’s treaty with his wife also revealed that the athlete had “only” flown by Zobayan in the helicopters.
As of July 2019, the experienced pilot had more than 8,000 hours of flying time and was a certified flight instructor, National Transport Safety Board officials said earlier.