More Than 16000 People Sign Petition Protesting Kobe Bryant's Oscar

More Than 16000 People Sign Petition Protesting Kobe Bryant's Oscar

NBA star Kobe Bryant threw shade at Fox News host Laura Ingraham after winning an Oscar for his animated short film "Dear Basketball".

Bryant starred in a six-minute film titled "Dear Basketball", an animated version of the letter Bryant wrote to The Players Tribune to announce his retirement from the NBA in 2015.

The five-time NBA championship victor won the award for his short film, Dear Basketball, and accepted the honor with his director, Glen Keane, during the show.

Bryant said on the stage that when he wanted to start writing and tell his stories after retiring from basketball, Bryant said that people's reaction was, "That's cute".

More news: ACC Tournament Preview: Players to watch

"We are more than shut up and dribble", tweeted James, while Turner added: "I know the individual [Ingraham] who said that statement is watching The Oscars and I hope she still feels dumb as hell".

Bryant's comments appeared to be a direct criticism of Ingraham's suggestion basketball players should just "shut up and dribble" and steer well clear of politics.

She had said they "should keep the political commentary to themselves, or as somebody once said, shut up and dribble".

National Basketball Association icons LeBron James, 'Magic' Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal tweeted their congratulations to Bryant following his Oscar win.

More news: Relief from relentless flu season in sight

Kobe Bryant after his Oscar win on March 4. You'll be depressed when your career is over and you'll come back to playing.' I got that a lot. "You have to learn the basics of things". My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind.

Bryant, who finished a glittering 20-year career in 2016, walked away from the game with a full cabinet of trophies and accomplishments, including five championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, one league MVP, two Olympic gold medals, 18 All-Star appearances, 11 All-NBA First Team selections and having his Nos 8 and 24 retired by the Lakers.

Bryant also credited his daughter Gianna with providing him with the motivation to press on as a filmmaker, saying, "Well, dad, you always tell us to go after our dreams, so man up."

More news: Egyptian president welcomes Crown Prince in Cairo

Related Articles

  • Gary Oldman wins Best Actor Oscar

    Gary Oldman wins Best Actor Oscar

    Oldman's win arrives amid a growing backlash against the actor, as allegations of domestic violence against him have resurfaced. Gary grabbed the phone receiver from my hand, and hit me in the face with the telephone receiver three or four times.
    David Ogden Stiers dead; 'MASH' actor was 75

    David Ogden Stiers dead; 'MASH' actor was 75

    His agent Mitchell Stubbs confirmed the sad news on Twitter , telling fans that he had died at his home in Newport, Oregon . He was also the voice of an announcer in George Lucas' 1971 feature directorial debut, THX 1138 .
    Jimmy Kimmel won't be too political at Oscars

    Jimmy Kimmel won't be too political at Oscars

    The Oscar nominations included numerous usual suspects (like Meryl Streep , with her 21st nomination, this time for The Post ). When Jane Fonda, the most politicized of actresses , won for "Klute" in 1972, her speech was brief and uneventful.
  • "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli ordered to forfeit almost $7.4 Million

    He also was found guilty of conspiring to manipulate the stock price of another drug company he founded, Retrophin Inc. She said that regardless of the investors' ultimate gains, Shkreli got their money in the first place through fraud.
    Cops find another victim tied to alleged 'Gay Village' serial killer

    Cops find another victim tied to alleged 'Gay Village' serial killer

    Less than two weeks later, three more murder charges were laid against McArthur in the deaths of Mahmudi, Kayhan, and Lisowick. He added that they won't be releasing a cause of death until the investigation is concluded.
    Vladimir Putin Says He Will 'Never' Extradite Russians Indicted in Mueller Probe

    Vladimir Putin Says He Will 'Never' Extradite Russians Indicted in Mueller Probe

    This assessment is given both by buyers themselves and prospective customers of Russian armaments and military hardware, Putin added.
  • David Gold confronted by angry West Ham fans

    David Gold confronted by angry West Ham fans

    Well, those fans who did make the 460-mile round trip were left wishing they hadn't bothered, for Moyes's players did a no-show. Making two substitutions during the interval, Carvalhal triggered a more decisive style of play from his team in the second.
    Tehran Rules Out Missiles Talks Until US, Europe Destroy Their Nukes

    Tehran Rules Out Missiles Talks Until US, Europe Destroy Their Nukes

    Le Drian should avoid adopting any negative position against Iran if Paris seeks to bolster relations with Tehran , said Velayati. Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron said that "Iran should be monitored for its ballistic missiles programme".
    President Trump mocks Jared Kushner at annual dinner

    President Trump mocks Jared Kushner at annual dinner

    I like a turnover. "Nobody does self-deprecating humour better than I do", he told politicians and journalists in Washington DC. The New Orleans official also observed, "No matter how many times we say it, we don't drain the swamps either".
  • James Ivory becomes Oscar's oldest victor  with 'Call Me by Your Name'

    James Ivory becomes Oscar's oldest victor with 'Call Me by Your Name'

    Varda, a filmmaking legend who was instrumental in the development of the French New Wave, is 89 - nine days older than Ivory. It wouldn't be like - there are other kinds of books you might adapt - it wouldn't be like that.
    Japan's foreign minister to visit USA  this month to discuss N. Korea

    Japan's foreign minister to visit USA this month to discuss N. Korea

    North Korea is already under a range of global and United States sanctions over its nuclear programme and missile tests. OPCW and United Nations investigators are confident the Syrian air force was to blame.
    Police respond to shots fired at Central Michigan University

    Police respond to shots fired at Central Michigan University

    The university identified the suspected shooter as James Eric Davis , "a black male, approximately 19 years of age". On Thursday morning, Yeagley said Davis "ran into the office of our community policing officer very frightened".