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Usain Bolt explains how Kobe Bryant inspired him to be a #GirlDad

Usain Bolt opened up to NBC Sports about Kobe Bryant’s death

Usain Bolt recently opened up to NBC Sports about Kobe Bryant and how the late Los Angeles Lakers legend taught Bolt how to be a better father.
Usain Bolt recently opened up to NBC Sports about Kobe Bryant and how the late Los Angeles Lakers legend taught Bolt how to be a better father.
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Usain Bolt recently opened up to NBC Sports about Kobe Bryant and how the late Los Angeles Lakers legend taught Bolt how to be a better father.

What did Usain Bolt say about Kobe Bryant?

  • Bolt told NBC Sports that he always wanted to have a son to follow the legacy. But he said the ESPN tribute to Kobe Bryant — in which ESPN anchor Elle Duncan talked about Bryant’s pride in being a “#Girldad” — encouraged Bolt to have a daughter.
  • Bolt: “I could see in his eyes how much he loved his girls,” Bolt said. “I would love to have that feeling.”
  • NBC Sports said: “Bryant’s untimely death hit Bolt hard. Bolt was driving when he heard the news and immediately pulled over. He completely stopped checking social media. He tried to watch the Lakers’ tribute, but changed the channel after five minutes because he teared up.”
  • Bolt said he met with Kobe Bryant three times. Bryant stopped talking to Bolt to bring his daughters for advice, according to NBC Sports.
  • Bolt: “I wouldn’t say I was dedicated as Kobe, but when I competed, I went out there no matter what was going on and was focused.”

What was the #GirlDad tribute about?

  • ESPN’s Elle Duncan talked about her special relationship with Kobe Bryant on SportsCenter, saying that she asked Bryant how to raise daughters, according to the Deseret News.
  • Duncan: “He said, ‘Just be grateful that you’ve been given that gift, because girls are amazing.’ His third daughter, Bianca, was about a year-and-a-half old at the time, so I asked if he wanted more children and he said that his wife Vanessa really wanted to try again for a boy, but was jokingly concerned that it would be another girl. I was like, ‘Four girls, are you joking, what would you think, how would you feel? Without hesitation, he said, ‘I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad.’”
  • Duncan: “When it came to sports, he said that his oldest daughter was an accomplished volleyball player and the youngest was a toddler, so TBD. But that middle one, he said, that middle one was a monster — she’s a beast. She’s better than I was at her age. She’s got it.”
  • Duncan: “When I reflect on this tragedy and that half an hour that I spent with Kobe Bryant two years ago, I suppose the only small source of comfort for me is knowing that he died doing what he loved the most — being a dad. Being a girl dad.”