CLEVELAND (WJW) — The sports world is mourning the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was among nine killed in a helicopter crash.
According to authorities, it happened in Calabasas, California on Sunday. His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also on board, TMZ reports.
Professional teams and local athletes, including Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns, have taken to social media to offer their condolences.
Kobe you were my idol… period. Mentality through and through. Thank you. To your family, I wish y’all nothing but the very best. Prayers and thoughts with you don’t begin to describe what we want for y’all. Love and respect to #8 & #24 forever. #MambaMentality #Mamba
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) January 26, 2020
The Browns got to know Kobe personally when he came for a visit back in 2018 to talk about the “Mamba Mentality,” a phrase he coined that quickly gained in popularity.
Tonight we mourn the loss of a legend in Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.
Our players were touched, inspired and appreciative of the wisdom he shared with us in Dec. of 2018. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the victims of today’s tragedy and their families. pic.twitter.com/AI0sOm1OWI
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 27, 2020
***Watch below to see Kobe Bryant explain the Mamba Mentality***