The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat on Sunday night to capture the franchise’s 17th championship. In celebration of the occasion, fans took to the streets.
In one particular corner of LA, things quickly escalated. It all began with one man allegedly yelling “**** Kobe,” in reference to the Lakers legend who died in a helicopter crash with his daughter and seven others earlier this year.
As you might imagine, things did not end well for the man who yelled out the insult.
Dude said “Fuck Kobe” during a Lakers celebration… Never disrespect the GOAT in LA unless you want to get ya ass beat pic.twitter.com/LyB08qCp5P
— Lakeshow (@CountOn24) October 13, 2020
Reactions to the incident were pretty much what one would expect.
But why did homeboy lay a scooter down on him?
— Rayder Nayshun (@LVBizMan) October 13, 2020
Not that I agreed with what he said, but Kobe wouldn’t want this…
— Sufyaan Beecher (@BeastBeecher) October 13, 2020
Maybe, he’s vegan? 🌱 pic.twitter.com/09hUerMra2
— 死者を追いかけないで👹 (@100pWilt) October 13, 2020
I’m a Celtics fan and I approve of this 😂😂😂😂
— TyLeRdAgReAt23 #BlackLivesMatter 👊🏿👊🏾👊🏽 (@TyLeRdAGrEaT23) October 14, 2020
Went looking for the wrong attention
— LAKERS 2020 CHAMPS (@ChrisHs22) October 13, 2020
— BIGG FACE 773 (@BIGGFACE773) October 13, 2020
The dude with the scooter Lmfaooo
— Black Lives Matter End The Injustice (@DuhTrendinTopic) October 13, 2020
Hahaha they really dragged his shit
— Coach Jay (@iDrone__) October 13, 2020
These are the weirdo trolls in real life. They’re more comfortable behind the keyboard cuz they wont get touched. Guess he forgot where he was 😂😂
— Food Connoisseur 🇳🇬 (@Yung_AnimeGod) October 14, 2020
That’s fucking hilarious!!
— Carlos Menchaca (@lvcarlosm) October 13, 2020
Stomp that bitch https://t.co/r7QK9eCaA6
— ✊🏾 (@ssssuuuuppp) October 14, 2020
— ᴊ. ʙʀe̷e̷ᴢʏ (@justint2413) October 14, 2020
Well deserved https://t.co/xpf8mqVJKb
— Narong (@XxPanda562xX) October 14, 2020
— Savage™ (@Savag3world) October 14, 2020
Never thought I see the day we got people in Lebron laker jerseys stomping out Kobe haters🙏 https://t.co/DBVzKdfrIH
— juju (@JHop300) October 14, 2020
Don’t you ever disrespect mamba lucky yo stupid goofy ass left with yo life in tact https://t.co/sHOimkIRc9
— Kodiene Brasii 🐍🤧🤟🏽 (@malikpryor96) October 13, 2020
While I don’t agree with jumping someone like this these guys think the crap they say behind a keyboard fly in real life nah you will get fucked up offending the wrong person out in these streets. https://t.co/QnLOTpHjXe
— The 6th Raikage (@jhm8806) October 14, 2020
Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others, died in a helicopter crash on January 26.
After the Lakers’ most recent championship victory, his wife Vanessa released a heartfelt message regarding the occasion.
“Go Lakers! Congratulations Uncle P! Congratulations @Lakers! Kobe was right RP, ‘Stay the course- block out the noise’ @kobebryant. Wish Kobe and Gigi were here to see this,” she posted.
While fans honoring Bryant’s memory is generally a good thing, it’s probably safe to assume that the Lakers legend wouldn’t want it done in this particular fashion.
Trolls are going to troll, be it online or in real life. It happens.
Not ideal. https://t.co/VEQ6PZVKn7
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 13, 2020
Beating people up in the streets may feel good in the moment, but it reflects poorly on Lakers fans in general and isn’t worth the time or effort.