Conor McGregor Reacts To The Death Of Kobe Bryant
One of the most gifted athletes in MMA took time to honor a basketball icon. Conor McGregor spoke to CBS on the red carpet at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night about the late Kobe Bryant. The multi-time NBA Champion, his daughter Gianna and seven others all died in a helicopter crash earlier that day. The red carpet event was taking place inside the Staples Center, the home of Kobe’s Lakers.
Normally in a jovial mood, the former UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion couldn’t help but feel a sense of sadness that night.
“It’s very, very sad news,” McGregor stated. “It is iconic that I’m here, he used to play in this arena as well, right? So, it’s just very sad news. He lost his daughter as well. It’s kind of hard to get up for it, this event. I’m very happy to be here, but I’m sad at the same time. I don’t know, it is just a very sad time.”
Conor McGregor on the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant: “It’s iconic that I’m here and that he used to play in this arena… I’m very happy to be here but sad at the same time. It’s just a very sad time.” — @TheNotoriousMMA #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/SOFjWGfoPp
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 27, 2020
Conor (22-4) wasn’t the only one who reflected on the life of Kobe and his daughter. Several figures from the MMA and boxing world honored the Bryant family all over social media.
Kobe wasn’t just a star in America; he was an international sensation. Even if you didn’t watch basketball, like in Conor’s home of Ireland, Kobe’s influence was everywhere.
“The first time I ever came to America, Kobe was one of the big stars and one of the men that jumped out,” McGregor went on to say. “We don’t really understand basketball back home too much, but Kobe, his star transcends sports. A great man, I would have loved to meet him. It’s a very sad day.”