Michael Jordan pays tearful tribute to ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant

first_imgMICHAEL Jordan has given an emotional, moving eulogy for his late friend Kobe Bryant. The 57-year-old former basketball player stood on the stage at the Staples Center in LA with tears streaming down his face as he paid tribute to Bryant and his daughter Gianna.“Kobe left nothing in the tank,” Michael Jordan said. “He left it all on the floor.“Kobe was my dear friend. He was like a little brother,” he added.  The NBA hall of fame star then mentioned how people often tried to compare the two basketball players.“Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I. I just wanted to talk about Kobe,” Mr Jordan said.“Now I have to look at another crying meme for the next….” the basketball player said while tears streamed down his face.He referenced a past meme that circulated showing the NBA star crying during his Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2009.“I told my wife I wasn’t going to do this because I didn’t want to see this for the next three or four years but that is what Kobe Bryant does to me,” Mr Jordan added. Bryant died in a helicopter crash on 26 January, along with his daughter Gianna and seven other people.His wife Vanessa Bryant, who also gave a moving eulogy during the service, teared up during Jordan’s speech, as did singer and actor Jennifer Lopez.The two women were seen in camera footage wiping their eyes while Jordan spoke about his love for Kobe Bryant.“When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died,” he said. “Those are the memories that we have to live with and learn from. I promise you from this day forward I live with the memories of knowing I had a little brother … Rest in peace little brother.”(Independent)last_img read more

Disappointment for Irish at World Championships

first_imgThe Waterford athlete finished last in her heat in a time of 23-38 – just over 2 tenths of a second outside here personal best.Earlier this morning Ciara Everard and Ben Reynolds failed to advance in the 800 metres and 110 metres hurdles respectively.last_img

US VP Biden visits South America Caribbean

first_imgNo related posts. Bogotá, Colombia – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Colombia on Sunday as he launched a six-day tour that will also take him to the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil.The visit –Biden’s fourth to the region since becoming vice president in January 2009 – will see him discuss bilateral, regional and global issues with key leaders.The trip will be a chance to discuss “economic growth and development, access to energy and our ongoing collaboration on citizen security,” the White House said in a statement.It also comes just days before Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to travel to Mexico, Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago on his way to a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama on June 7-8 in Rancho Mirage, California.Senior Obama administration officials dismissed concerns that Xi’s visit and potential new Chinese investments in the region he may be announcing would undercut Washington’s commitment to Latin America.“We don’t really see ourselves as being in competition with any particular actor in the Americas,” a senior administration official said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.“We’re very pleased with the type of trade that we engage in throughout the Americas, a very diversified … type of trade. It’s a trade that emphasizes the value-added products from many countries throughout the region.”Biden’s regional tour follows President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Mexico and Costa Rica.On Monday, the U.S. vice president will meet with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, then visit a flower farm outside Bogotá. Cut flowers are one of Colombia’s most valuable exports, and the United States is its biggest market.Biden landed in Bogotá just hours after the government and leftist FARC rebels announced they had reached a deal on land reform, one of the most contentious items in negotiations aimed at ending five decades of insurgency.In Trinidad and Tobago, Biden will meet with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and talk with other Caribbean leaders about energy, economic integration and citizen security, the White House said.On Wednesday, Biden will deliver a speech in Rio de Janeiro showcasing Brazil as a strategic U.S. partner, and meet with Brazilian business and community leaders.Those meetings will include a tour of a site managed by the semi-public Brazilian oil giant Petrobras.Biden will also meet with President Dilma Rousseff and Brazil’s vice president to “discuss ways to deepen our economic and commercial partnership,” the White House said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more