Vanessa Bryant won her lawsuit against Los Angeles County officials and pawned the proceeds to charity.
On August 24, Vanessa and her co-plaintiff Chris Chester, who lost his wife and daughter in the same accident that killed Kobe and Gianna Bryant and five others, were awarded $31 million in their case. Per CNN, it was confirmed in court that first responders shared photos of the late basketball star’s remains and Chester’s deceased loved ones. Both Vanessa and Chester said they had mental health issues due to the inappropriate and non-consensual sharing of their family’s sensitive images.
The outlet reported that the jury found that LA County officials had no policies that could have prevented the incident. After the verdict, Vanessa took to Instagram to share her joy. “Anything for you! I love you! JUSTICE for Kobe and Gigi!” she wrote.
Now that she’s received $16 million (Chester received $15 million), Vanessa revealed what she intends to do with the money.
Vanessa Bryant will donate the proceeds from the trial to charity
Vanessa Bryant donates her lawsuit to a good cause. According to the Los Angeles Times, her attorney, Luis Li, confirmed that she will donate the proceeds to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, the nonprofit named after Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
According to the foundation’s website, it is dedicated to “making a positive impact for underserved athletes and boys and girls in sport.” It was founded in 2016 as the Mamba Sports Foundation and renamed “Mambacita” in honor of Gianna in 2021. While Li didn’t disclose how much of the profits would be donated, he said that Vanessa made the decision to “shed light on Kobe and Gigi’s legacy.”
In February, Vanessa was recognized for her work for the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation at the 3rd Annual Sports Power Brunch. In her speech, she said that helping children, especially girls, have the same opportunities as boys in sports is her passion. “As a mother of four strong girls, it is very important to me not only to level the playing field for girls, but to improve it. I want to convey to our young people that girls are just as good as boys and often even better,” she said (per E! News), adding that she dedicates her work to her family. “It was important to Kobe, it was exemplified by Gigi and it’s something that Natalia, Bianka, Capri and I will always fight for.”