‘Love of the game’: Congress honors Kobe

Moment of silence lasts 33 seconds

Reps. Harley Rouda and Maxine Waters stand next to each other during Tuesday’s House floor tribute to Kobe Bryant. (Screenshot/House Recording Studio)
Reps. Harley Rouda and Maxine Waters stand next to each other during Tuesday’s House floor tribute to Kobe Bryant. (Screenshot/House Recording Studio)
Posted January 28, 2020 at 6:53pm

The House paused briefly Tuesday to honor NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday alongside his daughter and seven others. California Reps. Maxine Waters and Harley Rouda were joined in the well of the House by 16 other members for the moment of silence, which lasted 33 seconds.

Before the remembrance, Rouda read the names of all nine people who died in a crash he called “horrific.” Those who lost their lives “were all connected by the love of the game,” he said.

Calling the 20-year Los Angeles Lakers veteran “one of the greatest athletes we’ve ever known,” Waters said, “Kobe’s death is deeply painful for our city and his millions of fans everywhere.”

The tragic event was “made worse by the death of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant,” she added.

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