In the wake of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, an athletic and cultural icon, some are using this opportunity to propagate an agenda.
When basketball legend Bryant died in a helicopter accident on Sunday, alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people, the world united in mourning the loss of an icon — except for the woke Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez.
During this outpouring of love for Bryant, Sonmez offered her condolences by tweeting an article from 2016 titled “Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession.”
While a conversation about the allegations against Bryant may be relevant at some point, out of respect for the dead, let’s at least wait until after the funeral to discuss them.
Sonmez probably thinks she was brave for being contrarian and focusing on the stain on his name (this is the age of #BelieveAllWomen), but let’s hope she never has to mourn loved ones while those around her talk about anything other than their goodness.
Let us also remind ourselves of the obituary the Washington Post wrote in memory of Al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, referring to him at first as an “austere religious scholar.” They’re fine praising a known terrorist, but not Bryant.
Meanwhile, Bryant’s wife is without a husband, his kids are without a father, his parents are without a son, and the world is without a hero.
Unfortunately, Sonmez isn’t the only problem. She is just one of many journalists who forget their humanity because their journalistic pride is in the way. It’s not the story that matters to journalists like this — it’s all about them.
When President George H.W. Bush died a little more than a year ago, the Associated Press broke the news and described his presidency as one that “plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that lead voters to turn him out of office after a single term.”
If we can’t take a moment to recognize the impact a sports legend or president had on our nation as a whole, if we can’t have the decency and respect to discuss their positive influence — while saving the negativity for another time — and if not even death can bring us together, then we don’t have much at all.