Kobe Bryant just made history.
On Sunday night the basketball legend became the first NBA player and former NBA player to snag an Academy Award for his short, Dear Basketball.
Speaking to a room full of Hollywood power players, Bryant suggested basketball players “are supposed to shut up and dribble.” Folks, Kobe just changed the game.
But wait, it gets better,
With this major acknowledgment, Kobe also became the first Black man to receive a nod in the Short Film category.
In 2015, the father of three announced his retirement with this special project and poem. “My heart can take the pounding/My mind can handle the grind/But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye./And that’s OK./I’m ready to let you go,” he says.
Ahead of the big awards show, Bryant’s nomination became highly controversial due to his past rape allegations.
As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements continue to shift and shape boundaries especially in the workplace, folks used the movement to argue the athlete’s nomination be taken away.
Back in 2003, the former NBA player was accused of sexual assault on a 19-year-old hotel employee in Colorado. First, he denied having sex with the alleged victim, but after being told there would be evidence, he admitted to having sexual intercourse, but said it was consensual.