Kobe Bryant may be retired, but “Mamba Mentality” stays inside him forever.
The former Los Angeles Lakers great known for his competitiveness on and off the floor, so he took that with him into retirement.
Bryant is now coaching his daughter’s youth basketball team that is made up of girls around 13 years old , but recently came under fire after he posted a picture of a 4th place finish and a noteworthy caption that caught everybody’s eyes.
What got everybody up in arms was his comments about a player that wasn’t there.
“The 7th player [not in the pic] missed this game for a dance recital so that should tell you where her focus was at the time,” Bryant wrote.
He would later defend his caption:
After a bunch of backlash, he would go an edit that part to say the following:
“The 7th player (not in pic) missed this game for a dance recital so that should tell you where her focus was at the time, meaning she enjoyed dance more than ball which is fine.”
He still caught hell for it online: