NBA Legend Kobe Bryant Dead in Helicopter Crash

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Doctor Jay says:

    So Gianna was with him, but didn’t die? Man, that poor kid. This would be bad enough without that.Report

  2. Road Scholar says:

    Reports are being updated and revised. Originally said five died. That’s been updated to nine. And Gianna was also killed.
    Probably not the last word.Report

  3. Link Space says:

    R.I.P. Your love towards Basketball is a Oscar Winning poem and Your play is the reason for many to watch basketball.
    Legend 🙏 Kobe BryantReport

  4. Jaybird says:

    WaPo Reporter Felicia Sonmez, upon hearing about Kobe’s death, tweeted out a link to an old (like, older than two days, anyway) Daily Beast story about Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault accusations. Well, her tweet went viral in the “CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS AWFUL PERSON TWEETED THIS!” sense and people from all over twitter tweeted to her and sent emails to her WaPo email address (which features prominently in her twitter profile). The emails were heated. She tweeted a screenshot of her email box showing the various email titles that she was getting in her work email.

    The Washington Post has suspended her as a reporter saying that the screen shot of her work email (which revealed full names of emailers) violated Washington Post social media policy.


    • Company email on social media is a big no no, exponentially more so for a media company.Report

      • Marchmaine in reply to Andrew Donaldson says:

        A teachable moment for Data Privacy…

        I think this scenario was on my last round of corporate training… its not the crime its the uncover-up.Report

      • Every time somebody dies, you see dozens of kinds of responses.

        There’s the “man, I grew up being aware of this person!” response.
        There’s the “I am saddened by this person’s death. Memento mori.” response.

        Those two are vaguely appropriate, I’d think.

        Borderline is the whole “I don’t know who this person is” tweet.

        That one isn’t great but doesn’t wander into “jeez, really?” territory.

        The “jeez, really?” territory includes:
        “This person was bad, actually.”
        “I don’t know who this person is and I don’t know why people care.” (Soon followed by “Quit telling me about why you care!”)
        “Quit talking about this person!”
        “While you’re talking about this person’s tragic death, let me tell you about the *REAL* tragedy: My pet topic.”
        “The people who have opinions that I disagree with about this person’s tragic death overlap significantly with people who disagree with me about Donald Trump.”

        The very little political/philosophy/sojus/antisojus bubble allows for a lot of “jeez really” opinions to be normalized. When one of them bubbles out into The Real World where Normies actually see it, the immune response from the Normies is overwhelming.Report