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New Kobe Bryant Statue Found to Have Multiple Typos and Will Be 'Corrected Soon,' Lakers Say

The statue was erected on Feb. 8 in front of the Lakers' home arena in downtown Los Angeles

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  • Multiple misspellings were discovered on the new Kobe Bryant statue outside of the Lakers' arena

  • The Lakers said they "have been aware" for weeks and are "already working" on a fix

  • Two additional statues of Bryant will be erected in downtown Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Lakers are working to fix the multiple typos discovered on the new Kobe Bryant statue in downtown Los Angeles, the team said in a statement on Monday.

The misspellings, which are etched into the memorial statue outside of the Lakers' Crypto.com Arena, went viral Sunday after sports journalist André Voigt pointed them out in photos on X.

On Monday, a spokesperson for the Lakers told ESPN, "We have been aware of this for a few weeks and are already working to get it corrected soon," in a statement.

The errors include several misspellings of the names of former Toronto Raptors who played against Bryant in his famous 81-point game in Jan. 2006 that was memorialized on the marble statue, which was unveiled on Feb. 8 during a special ceremony.

Former Raptor José Calderón's name is spelled "Calderson" and Von Wafer's mention lists him as "Vom" Wafer where the statue displays the box score from that matchup. Another spot misspells "decision" as "decicion."

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Related: Vanessa Bryant Gives Emotional Speech at Kobe Bryant Statue Unveiling: 'This Moment Isn't Just for Kobe, But It's for All of You'

The Feb. 8 statue unveiling ceremony was attended by Vanessa Bryant, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, legendary player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe's former teammate, Derek Fisher and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

<p>Ronald Martinez/Getty</p> eanie Buss, Derek Fisher, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Phil Jackson and Vanessa Bryant during a unveiling ceremony for the Kobe Bryant Statue

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eanie Buss, Derek Fisher, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Phil Jackson and Vanessa Bryant during a unveiling ceremony for the Kobe Bryant Statue

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Vanessa, 41, who married Bryant in 2001, delivered an emotional speech at the unveiling, thankingfans for their support throughout the years.

"Kobe has so many people that have supported him all over the world from the very beginning and this moment isn't just for Kobe, but it's for all of you that have been rooting for him all of these years," said Vanessa.

Vanessa confirmed that two more statues will be erected in front of Crypto.com Arena: one showing him wearing the No. 8 and another featuring Bryant with their late daughter, Gianna.

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The statue, created by Illinois-based sculptors Omri Amrany and Julie Roblatt-Amrany, is a testament to Bryant's legendary accolade with the Lakers. Bryant helped lead the team to five NBA championships, with two nods as a Finals MVP and 18 appearances in the annual All-Star Game.

Bryant is the seventh Laker to receive such an honor — joining the likes of Elgin Baylor, Shaquille O’NealKareem Abdul-JabbarMagic JohnsonJerry West and Chick Hearn.

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