Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was texting with Kobe Bryant just moments before the helicopter crash that claimed Bryant’s life. While speaking at Bryant’s memorial Monday, Pelinka revealed that Bryant’s final text was about trying to help another person.
The 50-year-old Pelinka said he was in church when Bryant texted. While Pelinka would usually ignore those texts, he felt compelled to respond to this one, and was glad he did.
Bryant texted Pelinka asking about a baseball agent in California. Bryant explained that he was trying to set up a young girl with a baseball internship. Pelinka said he knew the agent and would help out. A few moments later, Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in the crash.
Pelinka reveals that the girl Bryant was trying to help is the surviving daughter of John Altobelli, the Orange Coast College baseball coach who also died in the crash.
Pelinka finishes the story by stating, “Kobe’s last human act was heroic. He wanted to use his platform to bless and shape a young girl’s future. Hasn’t Kobe done that for all of us.”
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