Natalia Bryant is the eldest daughter of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and a budding young model.
Because of her massive public profile, Natalia has a huge following on social media.
With that comes both good and bad. The latter part of the equation revealed itself this week when a photo of her on a date caused major controversy.
The photo is fairly self-explanatory:
NBA Twitter needs to go outside pic.twitter.com/0lWY6oMY3T
— DramaAlert (@DramaAlert) November 17, 2023
This isn’t the first time a superstar’s child has had to deal with this sort of criticism.
The reactions this time around flowed in quickly:
Imagine if the colors were reversed??
— nuell_xx (@NuellXx) November 17, 2023
I guess asking questions is now outlawed in 2023
— The Truth (@TruthBurner34) November 17, 2023
Nothing wrong with it. Let them be young and be happy. Love is love
— Peaceful Piranha (@preachpiranha) November 17, 2023
People will say anything on the internet
— Thomas Carrieri (@Thomas_Carrieri) November 18, 2023
Your opinion doesn’t matter. Let her be
— Brandon (@clickthatfollow) November 18, 2023
Bro she’s a kid let her be omg
— Goddess Vicki 🧚🏽♀️✨ (@itsvickivoss) November 18, 2023
NBA Twitter needs to stop amplifying bait that crosses the line
— Ethical Hoops🏆 (only takes Ws) (@EthicalHoopz) November 17, 2023
The Bryant family obviously understands the highs and lows that come with being in the limelight. Between Vanessa Bryant’s poolside photos and wild vacation pictures, they are something of a mainstay in the news cycle.
That said – there is still something particularly ugly about what Natalia has had to deal with.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) November 18, 2023
The hope, obviously, is that the people criticizing her for living her life grow up.
Will Natalia or Vanessa ultimately opt to address this online hate at some point in the foreseeable future? Time will tell.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.