It’s officially the end of an era. Today, after 20 years in the league, Kobe Bryant will play his last game as a Los Angeles Lakers.
After hitting the hardwood for the very last time, many fans are wondering what will the future Hall of Famer do next. Commentating? Coaching? Who knows?! Well, actually we do. Or at least we have an inkling of what the Black Mamba could spend his retirement doing — expanding his family!
When HipHollywood sat down with the famed MVP before he announced his retirement, Bryant opened up about the possibility of adding a little boy to his brood…when the time was right. “We’ve (Vanessa and I) talked about it a little bit. We love our girls so much and it’s hard because you’re so busy, it’s like it’s not enough time during the day.” Well, Kobe, your days are about to be a little less hectic, sooooo … time to start trying?
A Kobe Jr. would be kind of amazing, but we have to admit, seeing Bryant being a doting dad to his two daughters is beyond magical.
We can’t believe tonight is the last night, but we’re sure all eyes will be on Kobe and the Lakers as they take on the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center at 7:30pm pst. Be honest, are you gonna shed a tear when it’s all over? Thug tears, of course.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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