When major breaking news happens, there is also a tn of misinformation that is thrown out there that has people thinking that it is the truth.
That was the case in the hours after Kobe Bryant had tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash on Sunday and rumors began to fly that his former teammate Rick Fox was also on that plane.
That was eventually confirmed to be false, but for a period of time, the news circulated on Twitter of Fox’s death.
Fox would eventually comment on Twitter as he sent his condolensces to Kobe and his daughter.
On Tuesday, Fox discussed being at the center of these rumors on Inside the NBA‘s tribute to Bryant.
“I’m thinking to myself, ‘Everybody wants to talk about Kobe,’” Fox recalled. “And I, right now, want to be with my kids and my family.”
He then stated how he got a call from his best friend that informed him that his name was brought up as being in that helicopter as well.
“He started calling,” Fox recalls. “So I’m seeing King’s number repeatedly going and going and going, and I think he’s worried about me, so I said, ‘I’m gonna talk to my best friend.’ I answered and I said, ‘Hey, man, this is crazy about Kobe,’ and he just was bawling. And I started crying, and he was like, ‘You’re alive.’”
That’s when his mother, sister, brother and others began blowing up his phone to make sure the news wasn’t sure.
“It was hard to deal with, because it shook a lot of people in my life.”
It even shook Kenny Smith.
“I just text Rick, I said, ‘Just say hey,’” Smith said. “And he texts back, ‘Hey,’ with a broken heart, and I just screamed.”
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