In one of the most trying seasons of his life, Kobe Bryant learned one valuable lesson: “God is great.”
After news broke Sunday night that Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, were killed in a tragic helicopter accident over the weekend, social media lit up with posts remembering the inspiring basketball star for both his athletic prowess and his character.
According to Faithwire, one post by megachurch pastor Mike Todd highlighted a clip from a 2006 interview with Stephen A. Smith who asked the legend about one of the most difficult times of his life. Three years prior, in 2003, the then 24-year-old was brought up on sexual assault charges. Several women filed a felony assault charge against Bryant, causing severe damage to his reputation and marriage.
On the show “Quite Frankly,” Smith asked: “But what did you learn from that whole experience? Just having to go through what you went through?”
“God is great,” Bryant exclaimed.
“Is it that simple?” the interviewer queried.
“God is great,” Bryant repeated. “It doesn’t get much simpler than that.”
Smith followed up asking Bryant if he truly knew that before being accused.
“Did you know that? I mean everyone knows that but the way you know it now, did you know it before that incident took place?” Smith asked.
“You can know it all you want, but until you have to pick up that cross that you can’t carry and He picks it up for you and carries you and the cross, then you know,” Bryant asserted as applause broke out in the audience.