There are questions over whether or not LeBron James was in attendance when Kobe Bryant was remembered in a “Celebration of Life” memorial at the Staples Center on Monday.
Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers on January 26. James was probably the last NBA player to publicly comment on the tragedy, but when he did, it was heartfelt. The Lakers superstar was not shown at yesterday’s ceremony, while several other active players were. And his whereabouts are yet to be disclosed.
Asked by reporters if he attended, LeBron refused to be drawn in.
“I respect your question for sure, but it’s very emotional,” he said, per ESPN. “A very emotional day. A very tough day for myself, for my family, for everyone involved,” James said. “One thing I can come out of it saying is how strong and how bold and how powerful Vanessa is. To stand up there the way she did, to give that speech the way she gave that speech. I commend her.
“My heart his with their family still. With his three daughters that are still here. With his wife. With his mom and dad and his sisters. It was just a very difficult day. Obviously a celebration, but it was a difficult day for all of us. So I appreciate it. If we could move on to tonight, that would be great.”