Bryant's retort was a reference to a controversial statement from Fox News journalist Laura Ingraham who in February sought to chastise Cleveland Cavaliers baller LeBron James for his political commentary. "Whether you're a professional athlete or not, whether you're an actor not, you still have the ability to speak up for what it is that you believe in".
Several Twitter users pointed out the irony of Bryant winning an Oscar during the Me Too and Time's Up era. Let me say that again.
The Lakers, Magic Johnson, Paul Pierce and Dwyane Wade were also among those who paid their tributes to Bryant, while James and Portland Trail Blazers' guard Evan Turner praised the 39-year-old's powerful speech. "This is insane, man, it's insane".
"In playing basketball, the hardest thing to do is to get out of the way of yourself - to try to disassociate any sense of ego that you have".
Bryant returned to the court with his reputation damaged from the controversy but soon found his rhythm, winning back-to-back scoring titles in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 NBA seasons and winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2008.
The film shows top moments from Bryant's career animated in hand-drawn images while he recites the letter about his devotion to the sport from a young age and a body that will no longer allow him to compete at the highest level. And to my wife Vanessa, our daughters Natalia, Gianna, and Bianka.
Following his win, Bryant addressed his comments in the press room. "Don't think that you want to be a writer - that's cute".
"When you have mentors like that in your life", he said, "everything tends to work itself out". But I'm glad we do a little bit more than that.
Bridgeport also broke its daily temperature record, topping off at 63 degrees, falling short of its all-time February record. Freezing drizzle is possible tomorrow morning before another round of freezing rain moves in from the south by late morning.
Olympic Committee and Twistars Gymnastics, a Michigan-area club where Nassar treated injured gymnasts on a weekly basis. National Team Kamerin Moore , also claims Nassar abused her under the guise of medical treatment.
The Vikings benefited from the rule change, when they received the Chiefs fifth-round compensatory pick via trade. Depending on what they gave up to acquire Marcus Peters, the Rams may not have many picks in the 2018 draft.
Fico accused the opposition Wednesday of using the murder as a "political tool to get people out on the streets and gain power". He and his girlfriend were found dead on Sunday at his home in Velka Maca, 65 km (40 miles) east of the capital Bratislava .
While this is cooler than what we've been experiencing the past several days, it's still 5-10 degrees warmer than average. The main threat with this system will be strong winds and heavy rain, but a spin up tornado or two can not be ruled out.
The U.S. embassy in Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, a State Department official confirmed Friday. Mr Erekat said the United States move "reflects their total insensitivities to what goes on in this region".
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Twitter that Yun was leaving his position for personal reasons. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "has reluctantly accepted his decision and wished him well", Nauert said.
He assured the leaders of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and India , Pakistan's full cooperation in making TAPI a success. He said the TAPI pipeline project has changed into an economic corridor as it contains a railway and power project.
OPEC Oil Production Drops to 10-Month Low
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Vladimir Putin Unveils 'Invincible' Nuclear Weapons
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NY regulator asks Deutsche, other banks about Kushner loans
At the same time , Kushner is the head of the Trump administration's effort to broker a deal between Israelis and Palestinians. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House.
Iraqi court gives death penalty to Turkish women
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China Poised to Eliminate Presidential Term Limits
Xi was elected as the head of the party and president in 2013 and later took over as head of the military. Wang, in the end, didn't remain on the PSC-though there's still a chance that he may not actually retire.
Russian Figure Skater Evgenia Medvedeva to Meet EXO
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Dementia clearly linked to chronic boozing, say scientists
" Heavy drinking is linked to structural and functional changes in the brain which can be identified via imaging", Rehm explains. It revealed that people who engaged in binge drinking had a 62% higher chance of suffering from decline in cognitive function.