Kobe Bryant – Journalist Suspended After Inaccurately Reporting All 4 Of NBA Star’s Daughters Were In Fatal Helicopter Crash, Issues Apology
A journalist has apologized after wrongly reporting that all four of Kobe Bryant’s daughters died in the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others.
Along with Gianna Bryant, Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa Bryant shared Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3 and Capri Kobe Bryant, who was born in June 2019.
Matt Gutman of ABC News has been suspended after his inaccurate report. The network released the following statement:
“As he acknowledged on Sunday, Matt Gutman’s initial reporting was not accurate and failed to meet our editorial standards.”
Matt Gutman also addressed the error on Twitter and apologized:
“Today I inaccurately reported it was believed that four of Kobe Bryant’s children were on board that flight. That is incorrect. I apologize to Kobe’s family, friends and our viewers.”
“Earlier I reported that it was believed that four of Kobe’s children were on that flight, that is incorrect. Unfortunately, this is a horrible tragedy and one of his daughters was on the helicopter at the time.”
Today I inaccurately reported it was believed that four of Kobe Bryant’s children were on board that flight. That is incorrect. I apologize to Kobe’s family, friends and our viewers. pic.twitter.com/yYwuB9vpZl
— Matt Gutman (@mattgutmanABC) January 27, 2020
It was previously reported that Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant boarded the helicopter Sunday morning and headed to Gianna Bryant’s travel game. Unfortunately, the helicopter crashed under very foggy conditions, and there were no survivors.
In the heat of the hustle and bustle of reporting, it was also falsely reported that Kobe Bryant’s former L.A.Lakers teammate was on the helicopter.
His stepdaughter spoke out and denied those reports.
Rick Fox also tweeted amid the rumors.
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