Kobe Bryant, wife Vanessa had deal never to fly in helicopter together
While a helicopter was Kobe Bryant’s ideal mode of transportation, he and wife Vanessa reportedly had an agreement that the two would never fly together in one.
Bryant and 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine people who perished in Sunday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. The father and daughter are survived by Vanessa and the Bryants’ three other daughters: Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.
In the wake of the tragic circumstances of the crash that remain under investigation, a source has told People magazine that Kobe and Vanessa had a deal that “they would never fly on a helicopter together.”
The same source also indicated that Bryant would “only” fly in copters piloted by Ara Zobayan, who was at the controls in Sunday’s fatal flight.
Bryant’s preference for helicopter travel was in large part inspired by his desire to spend more time with his family, as the Los Angeles Lakers legend revealed in a 2018 interview on Barstool Sports podcast “The Corp.”
“Traffic started getting really, really bad,” Bryant said of his travels to Lakers practice during his playing days. “And I was sitting in traffic and I wound up missing like a school play, because I was sitting in traffic.
“…I had to figure out a way where I could still train and focus on the craft but still not compromise family time.
“So that’s when I looked into helicopters,” Bryant continued, “to be able to get down and back in 15 minutes and that’s when it started.”
It’s unclear exactly why the Bryants made a pact to never travel together via helicopter — though some potential reasons that may inspire such an agreement readily come to mind — the couple seemingly never wavered from the agreed-upon terms.