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Kobe Bryant shares dancing video amid youth basketball controversy

Kobe Bryant received some blowback this week after making remarks about a youth basketball player that he insists weren’t interpreted as intended, and the legend is continuing to do damage control.

On Thursday, Bryant shared a video of him dancing as a youngster to reinforce the point that he wasn’t calling out a teammate on his daughters AAU team for choosing dance over basketball. The footage shows a 12-year-old Bryant dancing to Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby,” of all songs.

“When I was 12, I skipped basketball for two weeks so I could dance in a school show,” Bryant wrote. “I’m all about diversifying while young, then locking in on your passion.”

The entire controversy was spawned by an earlier Instagram post from Bryant in which he appeared to call out the young girl in question.

“Here’s our fourth place ‘winners’ picture lol six of the kids in the picture stayed with me and worked every single day to get better and continue to work to this day,” Bryant wrote. “The 7th player (not in pic) missed this game for a dance recital so that should tell you where her focus was at this time.”

Bryant took to Twitter on Wednesday to apologize and clarify his remarks after getting called out on social media.

The fact that Bryant used a personal story about his decision to prioritize something over basketball when he was young will likely silence some of his critics, but odds are there will remain some people who still believe his original remarks were in poor form.