Tributes to the 18-time NBA All Star and five-time NBA champion have lit up social media, including from Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and some of his teammates.
Mayfield posted a statement in tribute to Bryant on his official Instagram account that took up two slides.
“Today is one of the saddest of my life,” Mayfield wrote. “Kobe Bryant was my idol. His mentality and drive were unmatched. His approach to sports and really everything in his life are what I’ve strived to accomplish and what I still hope to accomplish. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak to our team in Denver in 2018 and I still go back to his inspirational words when I’m preparing to take the field.
“My first business acquisition was because of him. His approach was unmatched. He never took ‘No’ for an answer. He’ll be remembered as one of the greatest ever on the court but let’s not forget he was a Dad, a husband, a hero, and a human. My heart truly hurts because he is a family man. Rest in Peace Mamba. Forever my idol, and forever my hero. God bless. #8/24.”