Rick Fox is lastly talking out in regards to the rumor that he died alongside Kobe Bryant and eight others in a helicopter crash. Rick admitted that the rumor was ‘hard to deal with’ within the wake of Kobe’s demise.
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In the primary reviews in regards to the tragic deaths of Kobe Bryant, 41, daughter Gianna Bryant, 13, and seven others, it was rumored that Kobe’s Los Angeles Lakers teammate Rick Fox, 50, had died within the crash as properly. That horrible rumor turned out to not be true and Rick broke his silence in regards to the horrible scenario on TNT’s Inside the NBA on Jan. 28. “My family went through, in the midst of all this, something that I couldn’t imagine them experiencing,” Rick mentioned. “One of my daughter’s greatest fears is finding out that one of her parents has been lost through social media, instead of from a loved one or a family member. And she, fortunately, called me and we were just talking and crying about the news of Kobe.”
While he was speaking together with his children, Sasha and Kyle, Rick mentioned he began getting a flurry of calls from totally different folks. “The phone starts going off, and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Everybody wants to talk about Kobe.’ And right now I want to be with my kids and my family,” Rick continued. He didn’t reply the incoming calls till his greatest buddy, basketball coach King Rice, known as.
“I’m seeing King’s number repeatedly going and going and going, and so I think he’s worried about me, so I said, ‘I’m gonna talk to my best friend,’ so I answered and said, ‘Hey man, this is crazy about Kobe,’ and he just was bawling,” Rick mentioned. “He was like, ‘You’re alive!’ And I was like, ‘Well, yeah. What do you mean?’ And it was in that moment that my phone just started going, and my mom and my sister and my brother [were calling].” He added: “I’m glad that [the rumor] is over with, but it was hard to deal with because it shook a lot of people in my life.”
Kobe and Gianna have been on their method from Calabasas to Mamba Academy for basketball apply in Thousand Oaks with Gianna’s teammate, Alyssa Altobelli, her mother and father, Keri and John Altobelli, Harbor Day School assistant coach Christina Mauser, one other one of Gianna’s teammates Payton Chester and mom Sarah Chester, and pilot Ara Zobayan. The crash occurred at round 10 a.m. PT on Jan. 26 and all 9 folks on board the helicopter have been killed.
“This has been a lot to process for all of us,” Rick mentioned. “Quite frankly, we were blessed to have had the time we had with Kobe. A city is mourning, a family is mourning, we are all mourning.”