The NBA legend’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in September 2020 over allegations that employees took and shared cellphone images of the crash site where her husband and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, died on Jan. 26, 2020.
“Mrs. Bryant feels ill at the thought that sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and members of the public have gawked at gratuitous images of her deceased husband and child,” the lawsuit states. “She lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online.”
“I was there. I do not remember being there. Please stop describing the scene to me,” he said, going on to claim that he does not remember specific details of the photographs, which had been deleted.
Jordan left the courtroom for the first time, accompanied by his lawyer, after being asked if he had photographed Kobe’s body at the scene, prompting him to rise from his seat saying: “I need a break, I need a break.”
When asked whether he photographed the remains of 13-year-old Gianna, Jordan replied, “I don’t even know who that is.” He added, “Sorry for your loss, wherever Vanessa Bryant is.”
“The county has also worked tirelessly for two and half years to make sure its site photos of the crash were never publicly disseminated,” the statement said. “The evidence shows they never were. And that is fact, not speculation.”