It is difficult to move past the death of any prominent figure in society, especially a legend such as Kobe Bryant. All across social media, there has been an outpouring of support and well wishes from fans worldwide, all to honor the late basketball star.
However, it is easy to forget that just because someone is a celebrity, that doesn’t mean they aren’t human. Celebrities are used to being under public scrutiny, but at a moment like this it is important to give Bryant’s family and the families of the other victims time to mourn.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe the media outlets which reported on Bryant’s tragic accident should have given the families and friends involved the time they needed, despite how big the news was.
Working in the media often puts reporters in a bind when something like this occurs, as it is difficult to determine how to handle things. However, no one deserves to be under a constant spotlight after losing a loved one.
The world needed to know what happened to such a beloved public figure. But Vanessa Bryant and the rest of Kobe’s family should have been given as much time as they needed to grieve. In addition, while seeing the reactions of other NBA stars showed just how special Bryant was, the other players also deserve privacy after losing someone who seemingly touched all their lives.
In addition, it can’t be forgotten that Bryant and his daughter Giana were not the only ones who lost their lives in the helicopter crash. It is easy to mourn a celebrity en masse; it is also easy to forget that another, less prominent family was torn apart by this tragedy.
Two of Giana’s teammates and their parents were also killed, as they were on their way to a travel game. They, along with their families, deserve to be in everyone’s thoughts as well as society moves past the loss of one of the best to ever play on the court.