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Kobe Bryant may have had a rocky relationship with his parents, but they received nothing but love during his emotional “Celebration of Life” Monday morning.

Bryant’s parents Joe and Pamela Bryant were in attendance for the emotional memorial service at Staples Center for their son and grand-daughter Gianna Bryant.

Though Kobe hadn’t spoken to his parents in several years, the grieving parents were supported by Kobe’s friends at the event. Lakers legend Magic Johnson was seen crying as he gave Pam a gigantic hug. Another Lakers alum, Derek Fisher, was seen warmly greeting Joe as the arrived at the Staples Center, sitting right by a stage covered in stunning flowers.

Shaquille O’Neal also acknowledged Kobe’s parents and sisters Sharia and Shaya from the podium when he spoke about his good friend and former teammate.

According to reports Kobe’s widow Vanessa Bryant welcomed Joe and Pam to the celebration of life with open arms to mourn as a family. Kobe’s parents were seated on the opposite side in the same row as Vanessa who was sitting by her mother, Sofia. Sitting next to Vanessa was their eldest daughter, Natalia, as well as Vanessa’s sister, Sophie.

Pam and Joe haven’t spoken publicly about the loss of Kobe and 13-year-old Gigi,died on Jan. 26 along with seven other victims after a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Kobe’s relationship with his parents became strained in 2013 after Pam attempted to auction off some memorabilia from his early career for $500,000, according to ESPN. Kobe got a court order to stop the auction, and his parents publicly apologized in a statement: “We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son and appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years.”

But the damage was already done, and Kobe told the outlet in 2016 that he hadn’t spoken to either of his parents since the incident.

Kobe’s father Joe, aka “Jellybean,” was a former professional basketball player and also coached basketball.

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  1. Cici

    February 25, 2020 at 7:58 AM

    No Kobe parents didn’t like him marrying his wife. Their was problems before that Kobe had a black girlfriend until he got signed into the NBA. He’s not hero of mine. I do feel sorry his life is gone but he was not my hero.

    • Y Murphy

      February 26, 2020 at 5:59 AM

      Everyone has the right to be with who they want…period it’s not a parents choice to control their adult childrens life… if he had a black girlfriend that’s fine he was obviously smitten by Vanessa and the marriage was challenged and they made it through

  2. Veronica Miller

    February 25, 2020 at 8:32 AM

    Not questioning mention of the intense grief of the wife, children, team mates, friends, and fans in speeches at Kobe’s memorial, what was the plausible reason that no one except Shaquille O’Neil saw it fit also acknowledge the obvious deep grief of the parents? The fact is that without Kobe’s parents he would not be the husband, father, teammate and person that were celebrated at the memorial. No one else can experience or fully understand the level of grief and pain that originate from the deep love a parent has for their child when faced with that child’s death. It is sad given these obvious facts that acknowledgement of the grieved feelings of the parents were absent in speeches about losing their beloved son, Kobe and beautiful grand-daughter, Gianna.

    • Steve

      February 27, 2020 at 3:07 PM

      I never once scene of the parents feelings of their losses, why?

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