Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa ‘struck a deal to never fly in a helicopter together over fears they were unsafe’ – The Sun

KOBE Bryant and his wife Vanessa Bryant made a pact not to fly together in case there was an accident, it has been claimed.

The former NBA star was tragically killed alongside his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven other people on Sunday morning in Calabasas.

According to PEOPLE, the couple made the decision that Vanessa would never fly with Kobe when he was using his helicopter.

The source told the website: “He and Vanessa had a deal that they would never fly on a helicopter together.”

A source close to the family also said that Kobe, 41, would only ever use Ara Zobayan as a pilot, who was also tragically killed on Sunday.

Kobe had previously shared that he used helicopters while he played for the Los Angeles Lakers as a way to spend more time with his family and less time in traffic.


He told Alex Rodriguez in 2018: “I was sitting in traffic and I wound up missing like a school play.”

“I had to figure out a way where I could still train and focus on the craft but still not compromise family time.”

“So that’s when I looked into helicopters, to be able to get down and back in 15 minutes and that’s when it started,” he added.

“One of the biggest things he was looking forward to after retiring from the NBA [in 2016] was getting to spend more time with his family,” a friend close to the family told PEOPLE.

The basketball star and his daughter were on their way to a youth basketball game at the time of the crash, according to ESPN.

Also in the helicopter traveling to the youth match was mother and daughter Sarah and Payton Chester, girls' basketball coach Christina Mauser, college baseball coach Joh Altobelli and his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa.

In an interview published in November for Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper, Bryant also shared that out of all of his numerous accomplishments, being a father was the most important.

He said: “Being a father is the thing I am most proud of in this world; it’s my greatest accomplishment.”

“I’ve learned so much, but perhaps the most profound thing has been the fierce, unconditional love you have for your children when you become a parent.

“I’m blessed to have had that experience four times now and there’s nothing more powerful in this world.”

Bryant is survived by Vanessa, 37, and their daughters Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, who was born in June 2019.

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