Vanessa Bryant Requests Some of the Gifts and Tributes Left by Kobe Bryant Fans at the Staples Center
Vanessa Bryant wants to remember some of the tributes left at the Staples Center by fans of her late husband, Kobe Bryant, and daughter, Gianna. Almost a week after the tragic crash that took the lives of Kobe, Gianna, and seven others, the Los Angeles Times reports that Vanessa has requested some of the mementos left by fans at the home of the Los Angeles Lakers.
“Vanessa had reached out to us and said, ‘Our family would like the items out there.’ So we’re going to catalog every one of them," Lee Zeidman, the president of the Staples Center told the newspaper. "By that I mean, T-shirts, letters, basketballs, stuffed animals, toys. We’re going to put those in specially made containers and we’re going to ship them to the family.”
Anything left over will be composted and spread around the city -- an idea they got from England's Manchester Arena following the horrific 2017 bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.
The popular venue is attempting to get back to its regularly scheduled events now after fans have turned it into a shrine honoring the late LA Lakers star.
“Our goal is to somehow have it cleaned up as we relate to the middle of next week and we’re asking people — we’re going to put signage all around LA Live and Staples Center — if you still feel the need to do something, you can certainly come down here. But we hope that you wouldn’t bring any gift and flowers, but that you donate to the Mamba Foundations that they’ve already set up," Zeidman added. "Then we try to get back to whatever normalcy is around the campus.”
Kobe and Gigi were honored on Friday night at the Lakers game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Vanessa shared a touching photo from the event to her Instagram account, writing, "There is no #24without #2. ❤️#GirlDaddy #DaddysGirl#MyBabies ❤️❤️ #OurAngels#KobeandGigi."
For more on the tributes at the game, watch the clip below:
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