Anytime an insanely popular celebrity dies, there is always a wave of support from fans, but also those people who can’t wait to throw dirt on their name, despite knowing their family left behind is in serious pain.
That was the case at an East Los Angeles high school when video surfaced of a teacher calling Kobe Bryant a “horrible person” and a rapist just one day after he had tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash.
The incident was recorded Monday at James A. Garfield High School where a student secretly recorded band teacher Brian Bailey making those comments. Bailey brought up several points on how Kobe was bad for the Lakers franchise and how he was to blame for the helicopter wreck.
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“What made him a great basketball player also made him a horrible basketball player and a horrible person,” Bailey is heard saying on the video, later adding that he believed Bryant was ultimately responsible for getting the Lakers to trade Shaquille O’Neal to the Miami Heat in 2004.
He also brought up his rape case from 2005, where Kobe’s accuser dropped the charges.
“That guy raped a girl and got away with it, he raped her, his money and his power got away with raping a young lady,” the teacher continued. “If it was any of you, you’d be in jail.”
He then turned his attention to why Bryant was flying in a helicopter to begin with.
“Is there any reason in God’s green earth you need to take a helicopter from Orange County to Calabasas?” he asked. “It’s a 40-mile drive, and from the time it takes you to drive to the airport and drive to another airport and get in a car, that’s 40 minutes also. Anyone knows that flying in a helicopter is the most dangerous things in the world, and by being selfish and by not being able to wait, he killed his family, straight up.”
“I know it’s not a popular opinion and you have every right to be upset with me,” he added.