Viral Kobe Bryant clip on ESPN inspires others to tell their #girldad stories

In the wake of the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, countless anecdotes have emerged to tell the story of Bryant, the person.

One of them, told by ESPN’s Ellen Duncan on Monday night’s SportsCenter, is inspiring even more powerful messages.

“I asked him advice on raising girls, as he quite famously had three at the time,” Duncan said of Bryant. “He said, ‘just be grateful that you’ve been given that gift because girls are amazing ... I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad.’”

Duncan’s retelling of her run-in with the Los Angeles Lakers great and how much he loved being a father of, three at that point, eventually four, daughters led to the creation of the #girldad hashtag, and the parents of Twitter were more than happy to tell the story of their own children.

Duncan was clearly touched to see the impact her story had.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses daughter Gianna in a press conference after the Lakers' win over the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the 2008 NBA Finals on June 15, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

 

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