“He Had a Flaw That We All Know About”

Following the tragic death of Kobe Bryant that shocked the sports world and the world at large, most people honored his storied legacy in the way they best saw fit.

Murals of the legendary NBA athlete quickly went up across the country, current players made on-the-court gestures to remember the legend, and Bryant became the only player in NBA history to have two numbers retired.

One thing that largely went unmentioned, however, was the alleged 2003 raping of a then 19-year-old woman.

The criminal charges were dropped before ever going to court, but today (Feb. 14), one prominent voice has spoken out saying that the public can’t choose to just brush this questionable history aside.

NBA Hall of Famer and current Inside the NBA host, Charles Barkley, told TODAY: “Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest basketball players ever, and he had a flaw that we all know about. You have to tell the picture in totality.”

The message was met with mixed reactions on social media, with some lambasting the sports broadcaster over bringing up a lawsuit that was eventually dropped and others commending him for his words.

Barkley isn’t the primary individual to convey up this difficulty as the general public continues to mourn the premature loss of life of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Giana.

Shortly following the incident, CBS star Gayle King sparked a feud with rapper Snoop Dogg after she mentioned the “complicated” legacy in an interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie.

Following the interview, Snoop Dogg went after King on an Instagram publish, saying: “Why you all attacking us, we your people. You ain’t coming after f**king Harvey Weinstein asking him dumb-ass questions. I get sick of you all.”

However, right this moment, Barkley mirrored King’s views on the late Kobe Bryant.

He admits that he and Bryant weren’t shut, however the information of his passing nonetheless hit dwelling and that he “started crying when I got the news. I felt like I had lost a member of my family.”

Despite that, Barkley stands robust on his stance that Bryant must be held accountable for the rape allegations that resulted in a fee following a civil lawsuit.

“We’re not trying to make Kobe out to be no hero,” Barkley stated. “We’re celebrating his basketball excellence. We understand what happened in Colorado. That’s fair. But two things can be true.”

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