Tiger Woods is still struggling to process the death of Kobe Bryant. The two were friends, and the star golfer still can’t believe the helicopter accident is “reality.”
He talked to reporters at the Riviera Country Club on Tuesday about Bryant.
“It’s hard to put into words what transpired and the fact that it’s a reality,” Woods said. “Part of me thinks that it’s not real.”
Wood was walking off the 18th green at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego when he heard the news on January 26th.
“I don’t really know what I said post-round. I was in shock just like everyone else, trying to put it in words going forward,” Woods said. “The reality of the situation is Kobe and Gigi are not here, but it’s hard to accept. People who are close him and all the families, it’s just hard to accept that reality.”
Everyone close to Bryant is still trying to cope with the news of his death, especially his wife, Vanessa. She opened up about her mourning process in an Instagram post on Monday.
“I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone. I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live,” she captioned a video of Gianna’s basketball highlights at the Mamba Academy.
“Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri,” she continued. “I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.”
“I have gone through 20 years of the majority of my career with my kids Natalia and Gianna without being able to have that consistently,” Bryant said.
“So for me to make a trip up to the Staples Center, that means I’m missing the opportunity to spend another night with my kids, and I know how fast it goes. Natalia is 16 and Gianna is 13. So that time came and went and so I want to make sure that the days I’m away from them, are days that I absolutely have to,” he continued. “I’d rather just be hanging with them.”