Sexual Assault: Kobe Bryant Risks Losing Oscar Award As Campaign Mounts

By Ikenga Chronicles March 8, 2018

Sexual Assault: Kobe Bryant Risks Losing Oscar Award As Campaign Mounts

Basketball star, Kobe Bryant could lose his Oscar award following a campaign on the social media, with 16,000 people reported to have signed an online petition calling for him to be stripped off his Oscar. This is as a result of the allegations of sexual assault against him in 2003.

Bryant who claimed he had a consensual sex with the lady in question, settled a lawsuit out of court with a hotel employee in Colorado.

“The Oscars almost avoided nominating sexual predators for awards,” the petition reads. “Woody Allen and James Franco didn’t get anything. But Kobe Bryant, who was charged with a horrific sexual assault, was nominated.”

The former Los Angeles Laker won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at Sunday’s Academy Awards for Dear Basketball after his retirement in 2015.

It would be recalled that in his reaction to the award, he said;

“I don’t know if it’s possible, as basketball players we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble,” Bryant said.

“I’m glad we do a little bit more than that. Thank you, Academy, for this amazing honor. Thank you, John Williams for such a wonderful piece of music. Thank you, Verizon for believing in the film. Thank you, Molly Carter. Without you we wouldn’t be here and to my wife Vanessa and to our daughters Natalia, Gianna and Bianka, you are my inspiration.”

It is believed that Bryant’s response was a swipe at Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, who recently told LeBron James to “Shut up and dribble,” in reaction to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ player voicing his political opinions.

The petitioners are hoping to convince the Academy to revoke Kobe Bryant’s win with their signatures.

Meanwhile, after the Oscar award was given to Bryant, LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal hailed him, saying:

“Salute @kobebryant on that Oscar!!” James wrote on Twitter. “#WeAreMoreThanShutUpDribble #UJustContinueToSitBackAndWatch”

Shaquille O’Neal also added his voice to the conversation by also acknowledging his longtime teammate (and rival) on Twitter: “Congrats to KOBE first Oscar that’s big bro #dearbasketball. Proud of you, Big honor for you and your family. I’m jealous lol,” he joked.

But it’s left to be seen if the athletes will speak out against the petition against their peer.