Vanessa Bryant resurfaces photo of Kobe in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirt
Vanessa Bryant on Monday posted a photo of her late husband and basketball star Kobe Bryant in a t-shirt that said “I Can’t Breathe,” offering her thoughts on George Floyd’s death.
“My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again,” Bryant said in an Instagram caption.
The phrase became a rallying call for the Black Lives Matter movement based on Eric Garner, a African American man who died in July 2014 after he was placed in a chokehold by police in Staten Island. He was heard saying “I can’t breathe” before he died.
Last week video footage of Floyd’s arrest showed him also saying that he couldn’t breathe as an officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Three other officers were fired but have not been charged.
Bryant urged her followers to “spread love” and vote in order to push for change.
“Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people. Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school,” she wrote. “Spread LOVE. Fight for change- register to VOTE. Do not use innocent lives lost as an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE.”
Floyd’s death has sparked protests across the country. Some demonstrations at times have turned violent and officials have reported cases of looting.
Kobe Bryant died in January after a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., that also killed his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others.
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