If Kobe Bryant were alive right now, he would no doubt with right with the current and former athletes taking a stand against police brutality that claimed that life of George Floyd by a Minneapolis cop.
We know this, because Bryant dawned the infamous “I Can’t Breathe” shirt from six years ago in the death Eric Garner who also dies at the hands of police as he yelled out that he could not breathe.
Vanessa Bryant, the widow of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, took to Instagram and reported that photo of her late husband in solidarity with all the people who are calling for justice after the recent death of George Floyd.
“My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again,” she wrote. “Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people. Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE. Fight for change — register to VOTE. Do not use innocent lives lost an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE. #BLACKLIVESMATTER.”
Floyd died in police custody, handcuffed and pinned to the ground, in Minneapolis on Monday. It has sparked a wave of protests across the country.
The photo of Kobe Bryant was taken before a Los Angeles Lakers game in December 2014. The T-shirt referenced the final words of Eric Garner, who died in police custody in New York City in July 2014.