Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late basketball star Kobe Bryant, called out rapper Meek Mill for referring to her husband’s helicopter death in his latest song.
The Philadelphia rapper, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, has faced backlash over the past week after his song “Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe)” with rapper Lil Baby leaked online .
In the track, Mill raps, “If I ever miss, I go out with my chopper, it’ll be another Kobe.”
Kobe Bryant died at the age of 41 in a helicopter crash in January 2020 in Calabasas, California, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people.
The lyrics prompted Vanessa Bryant to post an Instagram story criticizing Mill.
“I find this line extremely callous and disrespectful. Full stop,” she wrote. “I don’t know any of your music, but I believe you can do better than that. If you’re a fan, fine, there’s a better way to show your admiration for my husband. It lacks respect and tact. “
Several people have come to Vanessa Bryant’s defense, including WNBA player Candace Parker, a close friend of the Bryants.
“Dear @vanessabryant, I’m sorry YOU and your DAUGHTERS have to continually face S — like this,” Parker wrote in an Instagram post shared by Vanessa Bryant.
“It’s not fair, it’s not fair! We love you and I’m always in awe of your ability to take the high (road). So I’m going to follow suit and tell everyone.”
Mill said in a Twitter message Tuesday that he contacted Vanessa Bryant and apologized privately, rather than issue a public apology.
“Nothing I say on my page is about a viral moment on the internet or the family of a grieving woman! If you care about someone grieving, change the subject!” he added.
Vanessa Bryant recently opened up about her grief and the importance of persevering with an Instagram story last month.
“Grief is a messy set of emotions. One day you are in the moment of laughing and the next day you don’t want to be alive,” she wrote in a post shortly before the first anniversary of the accident.
“I mean this for those who are dealing with heartbreaking loss and grief. Find your reason for living. I know it is difficult. I look at my daughters and try to convey that feeling to them. Death is guaranteed but living the rest of the day is not. Find your reason. “