1. Nike has removed all Kobe Bryant merchandise . . . including sneakers and t-shirts . . . from Nike.com. Now, if you search for Kobe on the website, you get directed to a statement on Kobe’s legacy.
Word has it that Nike is deciding whether or not to move forward with a previously planned release of the latest Kobe shoes on February 7th. Obviously, they wouldn’t want it to look like they’re trying to cash in on his death.
2. Novelist Paulo Coelho was writing a children’s book with Kobe . . . but it won’t see the light of day. Paulo Tweeted, quote, “I learned a lot by interacting with you. [But I’ll] delete the draft right now, this book has lost its reason.”
You were more than a great player, dear Kobe Bryant. I learned a lot by interacting with you. Will delete the draft right now, this book has lost its reason pic.twitter.com/pZWyT8xObw
— Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) January 26, 2020
3. Olivia Munn was working with Kobe to help kids understand death. She said, quote, “We wanted to help kids be less afraid of death and tell stories of all the little and big stars . . . and now you’re one of them.”
4. Out of respect for Kobe and his family, Comedy Central has pulled a 2016 episode of the animated comedy “Chamberlain Heights” and they’re asking people NOT to share it. The offending episode showed Kobe in a fatal helicopter crash.
Out of respect for Kobe and his family we have removed the clip of him and ask that you please don’t share it.
RIP Kobe and Gigi Bryant and everyone else who died in the helicopter crash today
— Legends (@LegendsofCH) January 26, 2020