Indianapolis, IN, January 28, 2020 --(PR.com
)-- Mona Lawton, President of Mothers of Professional Basketball Players, Inc. (MPBP, Inc.) and mother of NBA retired veteran Al Harrington, issued the following statement this evening on behalf of MPBP, Inc. regarding the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna:
“MPBP, Inc. and its entire membership join with our NBA family and fans around the world in mourning the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna.
“Some of us watched as Kobe grew from a young high school boy to a proud, stately man, and many more of us had sons and daughters who were greatly influenced by Kobe’s work ethic and dedication on and off the court. As a player as well as in retirement, his ongoing quest to do better and to be better as a teammate, friend, brother, son, husband and father, served as a stellar example for all of us. It was becoming more and more clear, too, that he had instilled that same mamba mentality in his beloved Gianna.
“Our hearts break for his wife Vanessa and their beautiful daughters, his sisters, and parents, Joe and Pam Bryant. Each of us stands united in offering our deepest, heartfelt sympathy and prayers.”
About MPBP, Inc.
MPBP Inc. was formed in 1996 by twenty three mothers, led by Charlotte Brandon, looking for guidance and support due to the sudden lifestyle changes experienced as a result of their children’s professional basketball careers. Looking to, also, give back, MPBP, Inc. engages in charitable efforts that support the various communities where their sons and daughters live, work and play.