NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille ONeals son, Shareef ONeal, shares on social media his latest tattoo, which was his way of honoring his fathers close friend, the late Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant.
Louisiana State University basketball athlete Shareef ONeal, son of NBA legend Shaquille ONeal, has been inspired to continue playing his favorite sportall because of the late basketball star Kobe Bryant.
On October 19, the 20-year-old took to Twitter to share why he will continue to pursue a careerin basketball. He recently added another tattoo that boreBryants image.
ADOPTING THE MAMBA MENTALITY
In the picture, Bryants image is inked on Shareefs inner right calf. The ink traced the late basketball superstar's iconic image holding up his famous jersey number 24.
Shareefs picture amassed at least 2,300 likes and more than a hundred retweets as of this writing. The young basketball star wrote, "GOOD SUNDAY START" and one of the basketball fans commented:
"Kobe lives in forever (sic)"
A month after Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, passed away along with eight others after a helicopter plane crash in Calabasas, California, Shareef inked an image of the former LA Lakers point guard on his leg.
Aside from Bryants iconic jersey number 8 and 24, Shareef also included Giannas jersey number 2. He also has another tattoo that says "Mamba Mentality."
THE KOBE BRYANT ACT
Several months after the tragic January 26 helicopter crash, California Governor Gavin Newsom has put into law "The Kobe Bryant Act of 2020."
The law, which was authored by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, prohibits first responders from taking pictures of the dead at the crime scene or accident site.
Gipsons bill seeks to protect the privacy of the families whose loved onewas involved in an accident or crime. It was made after theLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department reportedly shared graphic photos fromthe crash site.
BRYANT'S LAST MESSAGE TO SHAREEF
For Shareef, Bryant has been more than a family member to himthat his loss devastated him. Just before Bryants tragic helicopter crash, the latter sent Shaquilles son a sweet text message.
Around 8 in the morning, Bryant was checking on Shareef. The young basketball athlete replied to Bryant past 10 in the morning, telling him he was figuring out his next move.
It was heartbreaking for Shareef that Bryant died without warning. He took to Instagram to share his loss and wrote that he wasglad to have bonded with the NBA legend over the years.
Like his son, Shaquille mourned the death ofBryant, his longtime teammate in the LA Lakers. He became emotional during a memorial service held in the Staples Center.
Though they hada complex relationship, Shaquilleconsidered Bryant as his little brother and a loving friend. He added that Bryant impacted many lives when he was aliveand that his passing will forever change them.
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