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UCF Knights React to News of Kobe Bryant’s Death

Bryant, his daughter, and seven others died in a helicopter crash on Sunday

U.S. Men’s Senior National Team Practice
Kobe Bryant #10 and Johnny Dawkins of the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team practices at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics on August 23, 2008 at the University of Beijing gymnasium in Beijing, China.
Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

News of the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday spread quickly throughout the world, including the UCF Knights family.

Here are some of the reactions on Twitter from current and former UCF players and coaches, some of whom knew or worked with Bryant:

Men’s Basketball

Head coach Johnny Dawkins:

Former center Tacko Fall:

Former guard Marcus Jordan:

Former MBB guard B.J. Taylor:

Former guard Mike O’Donnell:

Former forward Chad Brown:

Senior guard Dazon Ingram:

Freshman guard Tony Johnson Jr.:

Senior guard Matt Milon:

Former guard Drew Speraw:

Former head coach Donnie Jones:

Former guard Isaiah Sykes:

Former center Ben Stout:

Former guard Adonys Henriquez:

Former forward Kasey Wilson:

Women’s Basketball

Guard Kay Kay Wright:

Forward Masseny Kaba:

Forward Jnaya Walker:

Former forward Tolu Omokore:

Former guard Sydnee McDonald:


Former tight end Michael Colubiale:

Former tight end Anthony Robertson:

Former center Jordan Johnson:

Former wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker:

Quarterback Darriel Mack Jr.:

Former defensive end Leger Douzable:

Defensive tackle Noah Hancock:

Defensive end Chris DeLoach:

Cornerback Brandon Moore:

Cornerback Tay Gowan:

Cornerback Emmanuel Appiah:

Safety Jermaine McMillian:

Former linebacker Terrance Plummer

Linebacker Eriq Gilyard:

Former linebacker Shawn Burgess-Becker:

Former cornerback Josh Robinson:

Former linebacker Josh Linam:

Defensive lineman Joshua Celiscar:

Former punter Mac Loudermilk:

Former defensive lineman Dedrion Bacote-Sweat:

Former offensive lineman John Oliver:

Co-offensive coordinator Alex Golesh:

Former tight ends coach Jon Cooper:

We’ll try to keep this updated.