Kobe Bryant Filed 'Mambacita' Trademark for Daughter GiGi Less Than a Month Ago | 22 Words

Yesterday morning, aged only forty-one, the legendary NBA star, Kobe Bryant, died in a horrific helicopter crash. And, to make this accident even more tragic, the basketball player was sadly accompanied by his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, who also died in the crash.

Gianna, who was nicknamed "Mambacita" after her dad's iconic "Black Mamba" title, was set to have her own future in basketball before her untimely death.

And now, news has come in that, just weeks before the disaster, Kobe had gone out of his way to trademark the meaningful nickname for her future career in the sport. Keep scrolling for the full story...

 

Kobe Bryant tragically died in a helicopter crash yesterday morning.

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The NBA star's private helicopter crashed in Calabasas, TMZ sports confirmed.

Kobe was known for opting to use a helicopter for travel...

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But, devastatingly, his private helicopter went down and a "fire broke out," TMZ reported.

During a press conference, it was confirmed there were no survivors.

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And there were 9 bodies found at the scene.

Heartbreaking footage has emerged showing the aftermath of the tragedy.

The clip, which was uploaded to Twitter, shows smoke emerging from the crash site as emergency services respond to the devastating incident.

It is utterly devastating news.

Kobe leaves behind his wife and their daughters - Natalia and Bianka, and their newborn, Capri.

But, even more heartbreakingly so...

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One of Bryant's daughters also passed away in the horrifying accident.

Gianna "GiGi" Bryant was also on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.

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TMZ Sports reported that Gianna, aged thirteen, was one of the 9 fatalities onboard the doomed helicopter.

It is an unimaginable loss for the Bryant family.

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It is thought that the father and daughter were on their way to the Mamba Academy for Gianna's basketball practice, nearby Thousand Oaks.

Gianna was due to play in the tournament.

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While her dad was going to coach the young team.

Gianna shared her dad's passion for basketball.

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And the teenager had reportedly dreamed of following on in his footsteps by one day becoming a professional basketball player herself.

She had apparently hoped to one day play for the University of Connecticut...

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And had wanted to eventually make it to the Women’s National Basketball Association.

Gianna's skills on the court were simply astounding.

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And, had she not been taken from us too soon, she was truly set to change the game for women forever.

Bryant was one proud dad.

Kobe never kept his pride in his daughter's accomplishments a secret, and would often praise her publicly on his Instagram account and in interviews.

Various stories of the father-daughter duo have been emerging since their untimely death...

And it is quite evident that the proud dad had big dreams for his daughter.

Bryant has discussed Gianna's future in basketball several times in the past...

And Gianna's resilience and passion for the game was quite apparent.

We all remember the time Bryant was asked if Gianna “might want to play in the WNBA..."

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And, while appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show back in 2018, the evidently proud dad replied, “She does, for sure!"

Kobe was consistently urged to have a son in order to "continue his legacy"...

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And the NBA star recalled how "fans will come up to me, and she'll [Gianna] be standing next to me, and they're like 'you got to have a boy, you and V got to have a boy, man!'"

But Gianna wasn't having any of this.

Not one to let her gender define her basketball success, the teen called out the fans for their comments.

Kobe recalled how Gianna stood up to the fans...

By telling them: "Oi. I got this. Ain't no boy for that. I got this."

Regardless of her gender, Gianna was determined to be the one to continue the Bryant legacy...

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And Kobe simply couldn't contain his pride, as he beamed and applauded along with the audience after telling his daughter's story.

Kobe and Gianna clearly shared a unique relationship...

And the interview only offers only a tiny fragment of the special bond the player had with his teenage daughter.

Basketball was what united the pair...

And Gianna dedicated her life to the game before it was abruptly cut short.

The teen was on course to continue her dad's legacy...

And Kobe even had his own unique nickname for the budding basketball star.

Gianna's nickname was a play on Kobe's own nickname...

The NBA star had frequently referred to his daughter in the past as the “Mambacita," in reference to his self-anointed “Black Mamba" nickname.

He would often refer to her as "Mambacita" over social media...

And it appeared to be a cute and affectionate term between father and daughter.

But Kobe apparently had much bigger plans for the endearing nickname...

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Because, according to documents obtained by TMZ Sports, he had filed to have the name trademarked for his daughter.

"Mambacita" was going to be officially trademarked.

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According to the obtained documents, the plan was to put "Mambacita" on an array of different sportswear - T-shirts, shorts, hats, jerseys, sweatpants, sweatshirts, and hoodies.

It seems that the teen's career was fully planned out...

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And it was pretty clear that she was certainly going to live up to her father's legacy.

It's a truly devastating loss.

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R.I.P, Kobe and Gianna.