BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland athletes are honoring the love NBA star Kobe Bryant had for his daughters.
Bryant along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday with seven others — including two beloved coaches, two of Gianna’s teammates.
ESPN anchor Elle Duncan shared a 2018 interview with Bryant at an ESPN event. Duncan was eight months pregnant told Bryant it was a girl.
“High-five me, girls are the best,” Bryant told Duncan.
She asked him for advice and if he wanted more children.
“I would have five more girls if I could,” Bryant told her. “I’m a girl dad.”
Since Duncan reaired the interview, the hashtag #GirlDad has been trending nationwide with athletes, coaches, sports reporters, celebrities and fans sharing the beauty of father-daughter relationships.
Ravens running back Mark Ingram replied to Duncan’s tweet with a photo of his daughters at Disney.
— Mark Ingram II (@markingram21) January 28, 2020
Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III shared this photo with his daughters and his wife on Twitter.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 29, 2020
Orioles first basemen Chris Davis also shared a photo with his daughters: “Grateful to be a #girldad.”
— Chris Davis (@CrushD19) January 29, 2020
Bowie Baysox manager Buck Britton tweeted: “Blessed everyday to be daddy to this angel #girldad.”
— Buck Britton (@BuckInHere) January 29, 2020