With more than full week having passed since Kobe Bryant’s death, fans and followers alike are getting slightly impatient as they continue awaiting the details of his public funeral.
The late basketball legend was traveling on his private helicopter in route to his daughter’s basketball game when the aircraft crashed into a California mountainside. The fiery accident claimed the lives of Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, several of her teammates and their parents, as well as the pilot.
Let’s see what the people of Twitter have to say on the matter.
“Do we know when Kobe Bryant’s funeral is?” one user wrote. No one in the replies had much an answer, except that there was no answer. Someone did link out to an article from Deseret News – a publication based in Salt Lake City, Utah – that said the “funeral date is coming soon.” The headline was tad misleading, as the entire basis for the statement was based on the fact that the bodies of each victim had been returned to their families.
That’s also old news: USA Today and other publications broke the crash site recovery story on January 29th, six days ago.
Another user tweeted, “Am I the only person wondering when Kobe[‘s] funeral [is going to] be?” People assured him he wasn’t the only one wondering – one response said the city is still trying to figure out what venue they’re going to use. While longtime Lakers fans would love for Kobe’s memorial to be held at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center, local officials think the arena is too small to accommodate the massive crowd they expect to show up for the somber event.
Am I the only person wondering when Kobe funeral gone be?
— Chubb the Legend (@takethemback_) February 2, 2020
Some Kobe fans are already planning to take a sick day off of work or school to properly grieve the 41-year-old NBA star.
“I need to know when Kobe ang GiGi funeral is, so I can take off that day and just cry! – via @DessieJewel
And while it seems most of the world hopes for a very public celebration of life, others are thinking about its personal impact on Kobe’s family.
“I just can’t even imagine the magnitude of this funeral and memorial service,” someone wrote. “In some ways, I pray that It will be private. No media in attendance.”
This sentiment was echoed many times.
“I’m praying Vanessa and family know that they are not obligated to have a public viewing or funeral for Kobe,” @jessJessJESS_ said. “They can hold all of this privately and no one (us) should pressure them into doing anything that would bring her and those babies more grief.”
A certain media outlet has received a lot of flack for breaking the news of Kobe’s death before his family was even notified. For this reason, another fan agrees that a private service is the best option.
“I really hope they don’t have a public funeral…after the way the family has been treated by the media they deserve to grieve in private.”
Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, says they’re actively working on a plan to honor Kobe.
“We don’t have that date finalized, but we’ve been talking every day to the Lakers, and most importantly, to (Bryant’s widow, Vanessa) as well.”