Vancouver Teen Starts Viral Petition To Remake NBA Logo In Kobe Bryant’s Honour
Almost 500,000 signatures have been collected.
The world is in shock after NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter lost their lives in a helicopter crash Sunday, January 26. One Vancouver teen heartbroken by the news is wondering, will Kobe Bryant be the new NBA logo? To honour his memory, they started a petition to change the logo to feature Bryant and it's gone viral.
16-year-old Vancouver resident Nikyar Moghtader started the petition on Sunday, January 26, soon after he heard of the star's passing. He said Bryant had been a hero to him growing up.
"He was a role model to me and millions of other people," said Moghtader to Narcity over Twitter. "He’s the reason I love the game of basketball as much as I do."
Moghtader didn't start with high hopes for the petition. He said his goal was only 100 signatures to start. There are now over 475,000 signatures.
"Thanks to the amazing Kobe Bryant and NBA fans the support has been overwhelming," he said. You can find the petition online and it's bringing in more signatures every minute.
"I wish that it had never gotten out that I’m the logo," said West to ESPN. "It’s flattering. But if I were the NBA, I would be embarrassed about it."
"Who better to pass the torch to then his close friend Kobe Bryant?" said Moghtader.
Moghtader has never seen Bryant play in person, but "watched as many of his games on TV as possible," he said.
He dreams of one day becoming a sports analyst.
Currently, Moghtader has not heard back from the NBA. He says he's been reaching out to as many people on Twitter as possible to spread the word.
Since the petition's creation on Sunday, fans have flocked to Twitter en masse, expressing their support to Bryant's family as well as the logo change.
Several have posted their own ideas for the logo, and even NBA star Jamal Crawford gave his support for the new logo.
"Kobe has to be the new NBA logo....." said Crawford in a tweet.
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Tributes to the late Black Mamba were seen, including a at a Raptors game on Sunday, January 26.