Vanessa Bryant was accused of lying about inviting Kobe Bryant’s parents to his Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony, according to a friend of the late NBA legend’s sister.
Following her moving speech during the induction ceremony, Vanessa was accused of snubbing her father and mother-in-law from the event.
Anansa, who says she’s a best friend of Kobe’s sister Shaya, shared a lengthy statement by Shaya on her brother’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction. In the comment section, Anansa responded to a user’s remark that Kobe’s parents chose not to attend the ceremony.
A fan on Twitter replied to a post from Shannon Sharpe that stated how he wished Kobe’s parents were in attendance. It got Sharpe to respond back to him:
“His parents didn’t just chose not to go to the HOF. His parents were totally disrespected at his memorial,” Anansa replied. Contrary to Vanessa’s claim that she invited Kobe’s father Joe Bryant and mother Pamela Cox Bryant to the event, Anansa stated, “They weren’t personally invited to the HOF.”
She added that Kobe’s parents were also not made aware of their late son’s wish for them to attend the ceremony. “I wish that his parents were told that Kobe said he wanted them there just before he passed away…. His parents should’ve been told that, that conversation happened,” so she claimed.
Anansa stressed, “If they would’ve known that prior to hearing it in the HOF speech last night, I believe with all my heart they would’ve attended. And I believe that would’ve brought them so much comfort to know that, that’s what was in their Sons heart and mind. My heart breaks for his parents all over again.”
“Shaya wasn’t invited, so she was able to stay home with their parents and comfort them. Imagine not knowing a vital conversation like that took place just one week before your child passed away and not being told,” she insisted. “Lord, please continue to comfort this family.”