Snopp Dogg took to Instagram following the celebration of like for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on Monday to send a special message to Bryant’s parents.
“Sending love and. Prayers to momma. And Pappa Bean Bryant. thank u for giving us. Kobe we love y’all and praying for your strength as parents to keep moving on from the. Broadus family,” he captioned the photo of Kobe’s parents, Joe and Pam, from the ceremony.
Fans appreciated the sentiment.
“Thank you for honoring his parents . I was disappointed no one was sending love to them and his sisters . The end of the day, they are his parent and everyone should have honored them because they are hurting too,” one wrote.
“I’m glad someone finally said it,” another commented.
“First time I’m seeing them, they must be some kind of wonderful people, they raised a good one . Many blessings to them as they continue their journey without their Kobe,” someone added.
“sending good vibes only their way. They lost a son and a granddaughter on the same day,” a fourth fan wrote.
During the ceremony, Joe and Pam’s daughter-in-law and Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, took the podium to talk about her late husband and daughter.
“Gianna Bryant is an amazingly sweet and gentle soul,” Vanessa said. “She was always thoughtful. She always kissed me goodnight and kissed me good morning. There were a few occasions where I was absolutely tired from being up with Bianka and Capri and I thought she had left for school without saying goodbye. I text and say ‘No kiss?’ and Gianna would reply with, ‘Mama, I kissed you but you were asleep and I didn’t want to wake you.'”
“She knew how much her morning and evening kisses meant to me. She was so thoughtful to remember to kiss me every day,” she continued. “She was Daddy’s girl but I know she loved her mama. She would always tell me and show me how much she loved me. She was one of my very best friends. She loved faith, she loved putting a smile on everyone’s faces.”
Vanessa Bryant on her late husband, Kobe Bryant: "I couldn't see him as a celebrity, nor just an incredible basketball player. He was my sweet husband, and the beautiful father of our children." 💜💛 #KobeFarewell https://t.co/CRA2ei6Yaj
— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) February 24, 2020
Vanessa also talked about Gianna’s aspirations to follow in Kobe’s footsteps and become a great pro basketball player.
“Gigi likely would have become the best player in the WNBA,” Vanessa added. “She would have made a huge difference in women’s basketball.
“I cannot imagine life without her. Mommy, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and Daddy love you so much, Gigi. I will miss your sweet handmade cards, your sweet kisses and your gorgeous smile. I miss you, all of you, every day. I love you.”
Vanessa then talked about her husband.
“I couldn’t see him as a celebrity, nor just an incredible basketball player,” she said. “He was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of our children. He was my — he was my everything.”