NBA legend Kobe Bryant was among nine people who were killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning outside of Los Angeles, news that sent the sports world into shock.
Shareef O’Neal — the son of Bryant’s longtime teammate on the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal — was among those devastated by the news, and took to social media in utter shock on Sunday morning.
Wait...— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) January 26, 2020
Can’t be real .. please don’t be real .. please don’t be real— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) January 26, 2020
Shareef also shared a screenshot of an Instagram direct message between him and Bryant from Sunday morning, where Bryant asked him if he was good.
Literally this morning you reached out to me ....😔 I love you forever unc❤️ I love you pic.twitter.com/3oVgvKKUkm— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) January 26, 2020
Shareef then shared a tribute to Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who was also killed in the crash.
GIGI❤️ love you cousin— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) January 26, 2020
Shareef played in 13 games for UCLA this season, however announced this week that he is leaving the university. The former four-star recruit missed his freshman season last year and had to redshirt after he was diagnosed with a right anomalous coronary artery and had to undergo open-heart surgery.
Shaq shared a tribute to Bryant on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, too.
There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
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