Viral Kobe Bryant clip on ESPN inspires others to tell their #girldad stories

Jack Baer

In the wake of the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, countless anecdotes have emerged to tell the story of Bryant, the person.

One of them, told by ESPN’s Ellen Duncan on Monday night’s SportsCenter, is inspiring even more powerful messages.

“I asked him advice on raising girls, as he quite famously had three at the time,” Duncan said of Bryant. “He said, ‘just be grateful that you’ve been given that gift because girls are amazing ... I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad.’”

Duncan’s retelling of her run-in with the Los Angeles Lakers great and how much he loved being a father of, three at that point, eventually four, daughters led to the creation of the #girldad hashtag, and the parents of Twitter were more than happy to tell the story of their own children.

Duncan was clearly touched to see the impact her story had.

Kobe Bryant left a number of legacies. One of them: being a dad to four daughters. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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