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Kobe Bryant Memorial programs already being sold on eBay

It took a disappointingly short amount of time, but programs handed out to mourners attending Monday’s memorial at Staples Center that celebrated the lives of Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna are already being sold for hundreds of dollars on eBay.

As shared on social media, the program featured touching photographs of the Bryant family, including ones of Kobe and Gianna, who perished along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Jan. 26. Some of the pics appeared to be personal photos provided by the family.

Along with the programs, attendees at the memorial also received pins and shirts, which have since been bundled along with ticket stubs and listed on eBay.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time since the crash that individuals of dubious motives have sought to profit off the tragic deaths of Kobe and Gianna. Fans who attended the Lakers’ first home game after the accident were given either a No. 8 or No. 24 t-shirt — in honor of Bryant’s two jersey numbers — at Staples Center. Those shirts also made their way into the secondary market.

The notion that there are people out there who have no scruples whatsoever about making money off such things is obviously of no surprise.

Perhaps the best hope, though, is that those selling these items will have a moment of clarity and realize that the proceeds from the sale of said items of solemn memorabilia should instead go to a worthy cause instead of their pockets.

Donations to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation — Bryant’s charity that was renamed in honor of himself and Gianna that has benefited from the sale of such memorabilia — would be a great way to make things right.