In the wake of the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, countless anecdotes have emerged to tell the story of Bryant, the person.
One of them, told by ESPN’s Ellen Duncan on Monday night’s SportsCenter, is inspiring even more powerful messages.
“I asked him advice on raising girls, as he quite famously had three at the time,” Duncan said of Bryant. “He said, ‘just be grateful that you’ve been given that gift because girls are amazing ... I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad.’”
Duncan’s retelling of her run-in with the Los Angeles Lakers great and how much he loved being a father of, three at that point, eventually four, daughters led to the creation of the #girldad hashtag, and the parents of Twitter were more than happy to tell the story of their own children.
The last time I remember John crying, aside from this week, was when Luna wrapped her little finger around his at the hospital when she was born. There really is something magical about girls and their dads. Thank you, @elleduncanESPN https://t.co/P4VL5Z8dC4 pic.twitter.com/hgWWB0DHcB— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) January 28, 2020
Duncan was clearly touched to see the impact her story had.
I’m so moved by the outpouring of support behind my story about Kobe. And I love that #girldad is trending.. so for all those proud fathers who still have their girls to love on can you flood my timeline with pics of you and your flock. Honestly I need it as much as anyone rt now— Elle Duncan (@elleduncanESPN) January 28, 2020
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