Kobe Bryant is now an Academy Award Winner.
On Sunday, the former Los Angeles Laker player took home an Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film, alongside animator Glen Keane, who served as director.
Bryant won for the film Dear Basketball, which was based on the letter he wrote for The Player’s Tribune in 2015 announcing his retirement from the NBA.
“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble,” said Bryant, seemingly referring to Laura Ingraham’s comments she made toward LeBron James and Kevin Durant last month. “I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”
The five-time NBA champion thanked his wife, Vanessa Bryant, and their three daughters.
Check out Bryant’s acceptance speech below.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.