Vanessa Bryant, the widow of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, was understandably upset when she heard a new song from rapper Meek Mill.
A recently released track titled “Don’t Worry” includes what Vanessa felt like “callous and disrespectful” lyrics about her late husband. In this song, Meek Mill refers to the January 2020 helicopter crash that claimed the lives of nine people, including Kobe, 41, and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.
On “Don’t Worry,” Meek Mill raps the following lyrics, according to multiple reports:
That b- I’m in ‘always tell me she loves me / But she never showed me / Yeah, and if I ever miss I go out with my chopper / It’ll be another Kobe
In a statement posted to her Instagram Story Monday night, Vanessa strongly objected to Meek Mill’s use of Kobe’s name.
“Dear [Meek Mill]I find this line extremely callous and disrespectful. Period, “said Vanessa.” I don’t know any of your music, but I think 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. “
I apologized to her privately earlier today, not to the public … Nothing I said on my page was about a viral moment on the internet or the family of a grieving woman! If you care about someone grieving, change the subject!
– Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 23, 2021