Do We Have Kobe?

Kobe Bryant’s helicopter pilot was given clearance to fly under worse-than-normal conditions, audio reveals

By Christina Maxouris and Holly Yan, CNN

Updated 2:03 PM ET, Mon January 27, 2020

FILE PHOTO: Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant jumps for a rebound against the Denver Nuggets during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, May 21, 2009.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Alicia Keys sings tribute to Kobe Bryant

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers adjusts his jersey during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 102-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks back in the first half while taking on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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‘The Black Mamba’ Kobe Bryant dead at 41

People gather to pay tribute to former NBA and Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant on January 26, 2020 following his death in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles. - Nine people were killed in the helicopter crash which claimed the life of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, Los Angeles officials confirmed on Sunday. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said eight passengers and the pilot of the aircraft died in the accident. The helicopter crashed in foggy weather in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas. Authorities said firefighters received a call shortly at 9:47 am about the crash, which caused a brush fire on a hillside. (Photo by Chris Delmas / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

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Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where former NBA star Kobe Bryant died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 03:  Retired NBA Champion, CEO, Kobe Inc., Kobe Bryant speaks onstage during 2016 Milken Institute Global Conference at The Beverly Hilton on May 03, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where former NBA star Kobe Bryant died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Alicia Keys speaks onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Alicia Keys sings tribute to Kobe Bryant

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers adjusts his jersey during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 102-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES:  Kobe Bryant (L) of the Los Angeles Lakers holds the Larry O'Brian trophy as teammate Shaquille O'Neal (L) hold the MVP trophy after winning the NBA Championship against Indiana Pacers 19 June, 2000, after game six of the NBA Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The Lakers won the game 116-111 to take the NBA title 4-2 in the best-of-seven series. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE)  AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP via Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks back in the first half while taking on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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FILE PHOTO: Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant jumps for a rebound against the Denver Nuggets during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference final basketball playoff game in Los Angeles, May 21, 2009.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

‘The Black Mamba’ Kobe Bryant dead at 41

People gather to pay tribute to former NBA and Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant on January 26, 2020 following his death in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles. - Nine people were killed in the helicopter crash which claimed the life of NBA star Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter, Los Angeles officials confirmed on Sunday. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said eight passengers and the pilot of the aircraft died in the accident. The helicopter crashed in foggy weather in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas. Authorities said firefighters received a call shortly at 9:47 am about the crash, which caused a brush fire on a hillside. (Photo by Chris Delmas / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 03:  Retired NBA Champion, CEO, Kobe Inc., Kobe Bryant speaks onstage during 2016 Milken Institute Global Conference at The Beverly Hilton on May 03, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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Firefighters work the scene of a helicopter crash where former NBA star Kobe Bryant died, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Calabasas, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Alicia Keys speaks onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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(CNN)Millions of people never met him, but the sudden death of Kobe Bryant and eight others has left a country in mourning.The 41-year-old NBA legend died in a helicopter crash under foggy conditions in Calabasas, California. Visibility was so low Sunday morning that Los Angeles police had grounded its helicopters, spokesman Josh Rubenstein said.The helicopter crashed into a hillside, killing all nine people on board — including Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna. The official cause of the crash has not been determined.As fans around the world grapple with Bryant’s death, new clues are emerging about what happened shortly before the crash.

The life and legacy of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant

The life and legacy of NBA superstar Kobe BryantThe helicopter was operating under “special visual flight rules” (SVFR), according to an air traffic control conversation with the pilot, captured by website LiveATC.net.An SVFR clearance allows a pilot to fly in weather conditions worse than those allowed for regular visual flight rules (VFR).Pilots can request SVFR clearance before takeoff or mid-flight, especially if conditions suddenly change, CNN transportation analyst Peter Goelz said.While SVFR clearance is “pretty normal,” he said, “it’s not something that’s often recommended.””If you’re a pilot, and you’re in marginal conditions, or changing conditions that become marginal, you might call air traffic control” to request SVFR, Goelz said.If granted SVFR clearance, the pilot will typically keep tighter communication with air traffic control.Full coverage: The death of Kobe Bryant

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Kobe left his mark on Hollywood, tooThe Burbank Airport control tower allowed the helicopter to proceed using the special clearance, the audio reveals.”Maintain special VFR at or below 2,500″ the pilot confirmed to the controller.Later in the flight, the pilot apparently asked for “flight following,” a service in which controllers are in regular contract with an aircraft.The controller told the pilot “you’re still too low level for flight following at this time.” That could mean the helicopter was too low to be seen on air traffic control radar.While authorities try to determine what went wrong, investigators are struggling to find clues in difficult conditions.”It’s a logistical nightmare in a sense because the crash site itself is not easily accessible,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.The effort to recover the victims’ bodies hasstarted but could take days, given the terrain and the condition of the site, Los Angeles County Chief Medical Examiner Jonathan Lucas said.

Children and parents were on board

Bryant was traveling to a basketball game with Gianna, who was scheduled to play Sunday afternoon.

Young athletes, a baseball coach and mothers were on board

Young athletes, a baseball coach and mothers were on boardThey were joined by Orange Coast College (OCC) baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri and his daughter Alyssa, Altobelli’s brother told CNN.Alyssa was Gianna’s teammate, OCC assistant coach Ron La Ruffa said. And Altobelli would routinely travel with his daughter for her basketball games.OCC President Angelica Suarez said she was devastated by the loss of “a member of our OCC family.””Coach Altobelli was a giant on our campus — a beloved teacher, coach, colleague and friend,” Suarez said in a statement. “This is a tremendous loss for our campus community.”Another parent, Christina Mauser, was also killed in the crash. Mauser was an assistant girls basketball coach for a private school in Corona del Mar, California.”My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash,” her husband Matt Mauser wrote on Facebook.

Fog blanketed the area

The crash occurred under foggy and cloudy conditions with extremely low visibility, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.Pictures taken shortly after the crash showed the density of the fog.

Witnesses said the helicopter plummeted quickly before crashing on the hillside, Los Angeles County fire Capt. Tony Imbrenda said.It was not immediately clear whether the Sikorsky S-76B helicopter radioed a distress signal, Imbrenda said.Local authorities are working with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration to try to determine the cause of the crash.

The world mourns NBA legend Kobe Bryant

Photos: The world mourns NBA legend Kobe Bryant

Players and fans in Phoenix observe a moment of silence for Bryant before the Phoenix Suns game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
Inside the Staples Center, a man takes a photo of a mural featuring Bryant on Sunday.
Fans mourn in front of Bryant's image across from Staples Center on Sunday.
A memorial for Bryant is seen Sunday near the Staples Center.
A moment of silence is taken before the game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Fans are seen at a memorial started next to a mural of Bryant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Fans stand for a moment of silence before the game between the Orlando Magic and the LA Clippers in Orlando on Sunday.
Elana Hirschman hugs her 11-year-old son Bryan as her husband Craig stands by Sunday near the scene of the deadly helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
A fan pays respects at a mural depicting Bryant in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday.
From left, Houston Rockets players Tyson Chandler, Austin Rivers and P.J. Tucker react during a tribute to Kobe Bryant before their game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday,  January 26.
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From left, Alex Fultz, Eddy Rivas and Rene Alfaro react to Bryant's death on Sunday outside of the Staples Center.
AFC defensive end Calais Campbell kneels as he and his teammates react to the announcement of Bryant's death Sunday in the second quarter of the 2020 Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando.
Dharma Brown, 8, writes a note to the late Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.
LA Clippers assistant coaches Sam Cassell and Tyronn Lue react on the bench after honoring Kobe Bryant during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday.
The ceiling of Madison Square Garden is lit in the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers as Bryant's picture is displayed during a moment of silence Sunday.
People gather at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.
A fan shows off a Bryant jersey during a game between the Orlando Magic and the LA Clippers on Sunday.
Players and fans in Phoenix observe a moment of silence for Bryant before the Phoenix Suns game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
Inside the Staples Center, a man takes a photo of a mural featuring Bryant on Sunday.
Fans mourn in front of Bryant's image across from Staples Center on Sunday.
A memorial for Bryant is seen Sunday near the Staples Center.
A moment of silence is taken before the game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors on Sunday at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Fans are seen at a memorial started next to a mural of Bryant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Fans stand for a moment of silence before the game between the Orlando Magic and the LA Clippers in Orlando on Sunday.
Elana Hirschman hugs her 11-year-old son Bryan as her husband Craig stands by Sunday near the scene of the deadly helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
A fan pays respects at a mural depicting Bryant in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday.
From left, Houston Rockets players Tyson Chandler, Austin Rivers and P.J. Tucker react during a tribute to Kobe Bryant before their game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday,  January 26.
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From left, Alex Fultz, Eddy Rivas and Rene Alfaro react to Bryant's death on Sunday outside of the Staples Center.
AFC defensive end Calais Campbell kneels as he and his teammates react to the announcement of Bryant's death Sunday in the second quarter of the 2020 Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando.
Dharma Brown, 8, writes a note to the late Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.
LA Clippers assistant coaches Sam Cassell and Tyronn Lue react on the bench after honoring Kobe Bryant during a game against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday.
The ceiling of Madison Square Garden is lit in the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers as Bryant's picture is displayed during a moment of silence Sunday.
People gather at a memorial for Kobe Bryant near the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday.
A fan shows off a Bryant jersey during a game between the Orlando Magic and the LA Clippers on Sunday.
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Sikorsky, the helicopter manufacturer, tweeted its condolences.”We extend our sincerest condolences to all those affected by today’s Sikorsky S-76B accident in Calabasas, California,” the company said.”We have been in contact with the NTSB and stand ready to provide assistance and support to the investigative authorities … Safety is our top priority; if there are any actionable findings from the investigation, we will inform our S-76 customers.”The helicopter was built in 1991 and was most recently registered to Island Express Holding Corp., according to the FAA.Calls to Island Express were not answered Sunday.

A nation in shock and mourning

Kobe Bryant: An NBA legend and a cultural icon

Kobe Bryant: An NBA legend and a cultural iconDevastated fans flooded an area near the crash site as well as Staples Center in Los Angeles, the city where Bryant spent his entire 20-year NBA career.Born in Philadelphia, Bryant quickly soared to become one of basketball’s greatest champions. He won five NBA championships, before retiring in April 2016, capping his career by scoring 60 points in his final game.Former Lakers Coach Phil Jackson called Bryant a “chosen one — special in many ways to many people.”Bryant is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and his three other daughters — the youngest of which was born in June.

CNN’s Aaron Cooper, Artemis Moshtaghian, Chloe Melas, Chuck Johnston, Darran Simon and Jon Passantino contributed to this report.

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Afrika In The NBA In 2020.Here We Come.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/basketball/nba/pascal-siakam-nba-all-star-starter-eastern-conference-1.5438588

Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, now in his fourth season, was named a starter in the NBA all-star game for the first time.

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Raptors forward Pascal Siakam named an all-star starter for the first time

Of course I live in Toronto. And Pascal Siakam plays here and they just won a championship for Toronto last year. We are the reigning champions of the NBA.

Here it is.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-raptors-victory-parade-nba-1.5177551

But now we have the NBA All Stars coming for 2020. In the East where I live the top three players are all Africans.

Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors), Joel Embiid (Sixers), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Ateto as we call him in Afrika, from the Bucks, the best team in the NBA at this time and Ateto the best player right now). That is beautiful. Isn’t it?

Giannis Antetokounmpo

This is Ateto. The most feared player in the NBA today. Nobody knows what to do with him. Neither do I.

And then this. Victor Oladipo from Indiana Pacers. He is an all star but he was injured. Now he is kicking in there. And we are just starting.

I am not even talking about Bismack Biyombo yet. Imagine this Afrikan NBA challenge.

Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo stars in charity soccer game

Toronto Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo celebrates after a basket. (Frank Gunn/CP)Sportsnet Staff@SportsnetJune 23, 2016, 5:17 PM

Bismack Biyombo has more than just basketball skills.

The Toronto Raptors centre — and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent — paired up with NBA legend Steve Nash for the annual “Showdown in Chinatown” soccer game, which benefits the Steve Nash Foundation. He even busted out a sweet celebration routine.

I am not finished yet but the trend is obvious.

Here is Victor Oladipo coming back. Make no mistake about it. Ola is going to be best point guard in the NBA.

How the Mad Ants helped to prepare Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo for his return

By Scott Agness Jan 24, 2020 1Eight times over the past two months, Victor Oladipo has been assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. It’s there, with the Pacers’ G League affiliate, that he’s ramped up his activity level on the court,

Joel Embiid reacts to he and Pascal Siakam as All-Stars, plans to play

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Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid has been sidelined since January 4 with a torn radial collateral ligament in his left hand, but that did not stop him from being voted in as an All-Star starter on Thursday. He is the first Sixer since Allen Iverson to be named an All-Star for three straight seasons so it’s a pretty big deal.

“It was great,” said Embiid when he saw his name called. “Third time in a row. A lot of us don’t get that opportunity, so I was happy. I was excited.”

Another big deal is the fact that Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam will be joining him in the starting lineup. Embiid and Siakam are both from the country of Cameroon so this is a pretty big deal for the Sixers big man.

“I was more excited about Pascal,” he added. “Two guys from Cameroon, we barely started playing basketball about nine years ago so to see us, especially as starters, it means a lot. I’m proud to be from Cameroon and from Africa and be representing.”

As mentioned above, Embiid has not played in a game since January 4. He did return to practice on Friday in hopes of returning shortly and since the game is on February 16 in Chicago, he plans to play in the All-Star game as well.

“Yeah, I’m doing the progress necessary,” he said. “I feel great. My finger feels good so I’m not too concerned about what the All-Star game is going to look like. Right now, we are 6th in the East so hopefully, by next week I am able to play.”

Embiid will miss Saturday’s big matchup with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, but he will be reassessed on Monday in hopes of returning soon. After the Lakers, the Sixers host the Golden State Warriors and then head out on the road to face the Atlanta Hawks to begin a four-game road trip

And don’t get me started with Serge Ibaka a champion in Toronto Raptors right now.

Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol show basketball growth doesn’t have to stop in their 30s

By Eric Koreen Jan 22, 2020 1Early in his career, Serge Ibaka made his name as one of the most fearsome rim protectors. When he was in his athletic prime in Oklahoma City, he led the league in blocks and was a general terror in the game.

And before that we have folks like Hakeem in this game. We have been here for long.

Hakeem Olajuwon Game 4 of the 1994 NBA Finals Action Art Print, 8 x 10 inches

And Masai Ujiri in the house.

Bring it on.

Of course nobody forgets

Mutombo Dikembe

Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo gestures while facing the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver in 2008. (AP)

Don’t forget Manute Bol.

Tallest dude ever in the NBA.

From Sudan.

Manute Bol: Basketball player who used his fame to help peace efforts in his native Sudan

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At nearly 7ft 7in tall, Manute Bol, who has died of kidney failure aged 47, stood out even among the giants of America’s National Basketball

Of course all basketball is black but I don’t want to go there. There is Larry Bird remember that.

But this Zion guy is going to be something. I told my son he is going to be next one to hit 100 points in a game since Wilt. He disagreed.

But here is the young man.

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Zion Williamson gives fans what they want during NBA debut in New Orleans’ loss to San Antonio

The rookie grabbed 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Image: San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Pelicans

Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans drives around LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Chris Graythen / Getty Images

And today we lost one of the best basketball players and humans the world has known.

KOBE BRYANT, DAUGHTER GIGI DIE IN HELICOPTER CRASH …Pics From Her Last Game

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5:55 PM PT — TMZ Sports has obtained some of the last photos taken of Kobe Bryant with his daughter, Gianna, and it’s clear they both had basketball on the brain in one of their final moments together.TMZ.com

The pics were shot Saturday at Kobe’s Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, where Gigi’s Mamba team played two 8th grade girls games that day. You can see KB watching carefully from the sideline as Gianna was on the court.TMZ.com

At one point, Kobe was seen giving his kid some tips. It’s unclear if he’s the head coach of her current squad or not, but he was definitely in coaching mode from what we can tell. We know he’s coached other teams she was on in the past. Kobe said Gianna had aspirations to be in the WNBA, and by all accounts … she was well on her way to getting there.

One thing that’s pretty obvious from this snapshot moment is that they were both fierce competitors and loved the game they played.

4:56 PM PT — The Mayor of Costa Mesa, Katrina Foley, just confirmed the identity of one of the other victims in the helicopter crash … girls basketball coach Christina Mauser, who’s married to Tijuana Dogs singer Matt Mauser. Matt also confirmed the news himself.

On Facebook, he wrote … “My kids and I are devastated. We lost our beautiful wife and mom today in a helicopter crash. Please respect our privacy. Thank you for all the well wishes they mean so much.”

4:30 PM PT — L.A. weather was extremely foggy Sunday morning, and law enforcement sources tell us even LAPD air support was grounded because of it. Flight tracker data shows Kobe’s chopper appeared to first encounter weather issues as it was above the L.A. Zoo. It circled that area at least 6 times at a very low altitude — around 875 feet — perhaps waiting for the fog to clear.

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We know the pilot contacted the control tower at Burbank Airport around 9:30 AM PT, and the tower was aware the pilot had been circling for about 15 minutes. The pilot eventually headed north along the 118 freeway before turning to the west, and started following above the 101 freeway around Woodland Hills, CA.

At around 9:40 AM they encounter more weather — as in seriously heavy fog — and the chopper turned south. This was critical, because they turned toward a mountainous area. The pilot suddenly and rapidly climbed from about 1200 feet up to 2000 feet.

However, moments later — around 9:45 AM — they flew into a mountain at 1700 feet. Flight tracker data shows they were flying at about 161 knots.

3:49 PM PT — Michael Jordan has spoken on Kobe’s death, saying … “I am in shock over the tragic news of Kobe’s and Gianna’s passing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling. I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much.”

He adds, “He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply — and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball. Yvette joins me in sending my deepest condolences to Vanessa, the Lakers organization and basketball fans around the world.”

3:01 PM PT — The players, coaches and families at the Mamba Academy were obviously emotional when they heard the news about Kobe’s death … but came together for a moment of silence and prayer.

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The Raila V Ruto slug fest will blow up in smoke.

The nonsense continues.

BITTER ANTAGONISTS: Deputy President William Ruto and Former Prime Minister and NASA leader Raila Odinga are at loggerheads.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-12-30-quit-political-conmanship-ruto-tells-raila-over-wealth-probe/

Apparently Ruto is in a fight with Raila.

It is crap. Someone gave Uhuru a terrible advice. They told him if you want to make Ruto Crazy then start talking and being friendly to Raila. Ruto took the bait. It is working marvelously.

I have doubts if Raila will run for the presidency in 2022. But Ruto is busy campaigning against him which could end up as a big waste of time. We will see.

But here is the big issue for me.

Ruto’s big argument against Raila is that Raila has been in politics forever and should retire.

The truth is that Ruto has been in politics longer than Raila. In fact me and Ruto graduated from Nairobi University at the same time. In the mid 1980’s.

From college I went to work as a lecturer at Mombasa Polytechnic, now the University of Mombasa.

Ruto left college and went straight to politics.

Ruto with Jirongo formed the Kanu youth wing (YK 92) to protect Moi and they started right off engaging in murder of political rivals of Moi, brutal beatings like we saw against Rev. Njoya, theft of public funds was their biggest achievement. They even created the 500 shilling bill and had their hands all over the Treasury stealing everything with Moi’s help.

So this Thief in Chief now wants to be our Commander in Chief. What are his credentials other than being a thief all his life?

https://www.sde.co.ke/thenairobian/article/2001297249/when-jirongo-was-a-billionaire-dp-ruto-was-his-spanner-boy .

Yes Raila has been in politics for a long time. 9 of those years he was in detention while Ruto was stealing our money and murdering people. And then Raila went to exile coming to Toronto where I met him at Pearson International Airport and we went to a nice Eritrean Restaurant for some real good food.

As a matter of fact Ruto has never done anything else other than being in politics, robbing us and killing people. That is his resume and we have seen it live live for decades. It is going to be on the table come 2022.

We know about the Kiambaa church massacre in 2007 where we saw kids being thrown back into a burning church when they tried to escape.

Ruto says he was born poor and went to school with no shoes. I had the same issues. And today I just called my little nephew an incredible soccer player. He is at Migwena Sports Ground in Bondo for an end of year football tournament.

He has torn shoes, torn socks and torn pants and all. I told him, kid this is good for you. If you can do something with everything torn, you are going somewhere. You have to pull it off. And he said he is going to do it

I promised to buy him the entire set of soccer gear before he goes back to school. He is a star soccer player at his school.

But here is the deal for me. When Ruto he was a poor guy born in a poor family that is OK. Many of us can relate with that.

Then Ruto says now he is big and rich the question is how did you get there. Killing and stealing. That is the truth, simple and clear. Ruto is basically telling Kenyans that he has been a very successful thief and murderer his entire adult life and for that Kenyans should reward him with the presidency. Get out of here dude.

And this guy is supposed to be Ruto’s deputy in 2022.

He might be luckier choosing Sonko as his running mate.

But here is Ruto’s guy. Clueless and just straight dumb.

Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri addresses mourners during the burial of Batista Maina at Ntuugi, Meru county, on Monday. The late Batista maina’s burial at Ntuugi, Meru County. Photo/Courtesy Kiunjuri addressing mourners

https://www.the-star.co.ke/counties/central/2019-12-31-rudderless-mt-kenya-will-be-spat-on–kiunjuri/

By adongoogony Posted in kenya
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Talk About Deputy President. Being Nairobi Governor Makes You One.

Mike Sonko arrested

Here we go with this Jubilee clown. How do you let a thug like this be the governor of the most important county in the nation with more than 4 million people. That is bigger than many countries.

Here is your thug.

Nairobi's Governor Mike Sonko is escorted by police officers after his arrest, at the Wilson airport in Nairobi, Kenya December 6, 2019.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-12-07-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-for-sonko/

Oh No.

Governors want to meet Uhuru over Mike Sonko

An here is the other thug running a huge county.

Tuende kazi.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko when he arrived at

An here is the other thug running a huge county.

https://www.sde.co.ke/thenairobian/article/2001294978/governor-waititu-is-no-longer-baba-yao-in-kiambu

And the Swag goes on with Sonko and Simon Mbugua who is also now in big shit. Roll on boys.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko with EALA MP Simon Mbugua.
By adongoogony Posted in kenya

Duale Issues Frightening Public Threat To Matiang'i and Kibicho:

https://www.the-star.co.ke/opinion/2019-12-02-duale-to-matiangi-and-kibicho-learn-from-history/

Is this the new norm? Ruto’s loud mouths issuing public threats to appointees of President Uhuru.

Kenyans should read that public statement released by Duale carefully and judge for themselves.

Duale starts with a story about a shepherd who found abandoned lions in the bushes and brought them home to nurture them.

And then the lion cubs became a menace to his dogs and family and eventually throws the lions back to the bush where they “fade away”

Duale uses the story to warn Matiang’i and Kibicho and I am sure many others that they will face the same fate as those who were once in power during Jomo Kenyatta, Moi, and Kibaki rule when there is a change in power!

Duale then goes on to talk about past public servants like Charles Njonjo, Kihika Kimani, PS Oyugi, Christopher Murungaru, Amos Kimunya and many others.

Duale’s message is rather obvious. Duale is telling civil servants who are considered nasty to his king Ruto that they will be dealt with once the “cycle” of power is handed over to the DP and his crew.

Now you can talk about whatever you want but threatening public officials that you will give them the Kihika Kimani treatment is omnious.

Kihaki who was very nasty to Moi was forced to run into exile as soon as Moi took power. He had to escape to save his life. Is that what awaits some Kenyans when Ruto and his crew take power from Uhuru?

And Duale’s warning is not some stupid speech made in some village. It is an official statement released to the media.

Even Jomo Kenyatta didn’t do anything like that. He made nasty speeches and insulted people but did not issue official public warnings. He just killed people when he wanted and Moi did the same but this era of public warnings is a new thing.

The first question is how many other people are in this list of those who will face the wrath of the assumed next regime?

There is one rule. If you want power in Kenya, please don’t threaten people about the damage you are going to do to them.

And worse still, Duale is threatening the two people in charge of our national security including the police, NIS and the GSU.

If you are threatening those people now, do you realize we are three years away from the next election. They can take care of you before then.

This BBI thing is still marinating in the minds of Kenyans and we are going to figure it out. I am going to have my say on it soon

But this half speech by Uhuru kind of surprised me.

https://www.nation.co.ke/video/news/4146788-5365126-yioq2/index.html

Uhuru is letting it out there. I think by tomorrow I will give my two cents on this BBI thing.

I said before and I still think the same today that Ruto’s war with Raila in the presidential election 2022 may never happen at all. This is shadow boxing

This could the most wicked curve ball of all. I think Waiguru is in this thing, Matiang’i is in this thing and Uhuru and Raila are somewhere there. We are going to find out. Coast is going to come in and Western will be there too. Anything is possible here.

But Uhuru having this amount of fun at the expense of his DP is brutal:

The body language says it all. Ruto invested heavily in the Kibra ass kicking that he got. Ruto tried to get Uhuru into this and it just didn’t work.

Then Uhuru is talking about how he supported their candidate and Ruto is finding it difficult even to keep his eyes open. It is a painful moment for him.

Then Uhuru switches on to the so-called violence during the election which Ruto and his friends had turned into a new elephant in the BBI room. Ruto stand has been that unless Raila and ODM apologize for the alleged violence Raila should be kicked out of the BBI.

Now Uhuru mocks and ridicules all those fake Ruto stories saying the only violence was the big boys stoning themselves and Uhuru says those guys have enough money to go to Nairobi Hospital.

Uhuru then says something really funny. Uhuru says he had a talk one of his friends who is a Kibra resident about the election just after it ended.

Uhuru says his friend told him people in Kibra were crying because they wanted two more weeks of campaign. Uhuru’s friend tells him money was pouring in Kibra and they could use two more weeks of that money.

Basically, Uhuru is telling Ruto that OK you spent a fortune in Kibra and lost. That’s all. No big deal. That is putting salt in a bad place.

And then Uhuru declares that in Kibra Kenya won. There are many ways to make Ruto mad but this is another league.

If I am Ruto I am asking the president for a meeting and I am asking if I am still his deputy or I am now a comedy sidekick for him.

And I am telling him if I am no longer the deputy, I am quitting. But that never happens in Kenya if you are near power you grovel around to inherit it.

Even that has only happened once in our country when Moi took power.

And that was because Mzee Kamaliza was dead in Mombasa.

And the heckling continues.

Gatanga MP Joseph Nduati in Gatanga Primary School on Sunday.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-12-02-stop-attacking-matiangi-gatanga-mp-tells-dp-rutos-allies/

And the Ruto boys have their own Retreat in Naivasha.

https://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2019-12-03-ruto-troops-retreat-to-naivasha-to-plan-for-bbi/

Things are going to get very messy before the coast clears.

By adongoogony Posted in kenya