Police Scold TMZ for reporting Kobe Bryant's death before families notified


Many of us are still reeling from the news. We will never forget where we were when we heard that Kobe Bryant had been killed in a helicopter crash. For some, we may remember not thinking it was possible, believable or "real news". I know that was the case for me and my family. We got the alert and it mentioned the news was from TMZ. Not seeing any validation from other credible sources we felt it must have been a hoax (or at least a terrible mistake). Then, slowly, very slowly other sources confirmed the devastating news. It did have us wondering how TMZ could have possibly gotten the information so quickly and have verified it with the family so immediately?

Well, today it's quite apparent that police are upset at the speed in which TMZ reported the information (a little more than an hour after police even received notice that there had been a crash). During a press conference, LA County Sherrif Alex Villanueva absolutely showed how unhappy he was with the quick reporting and disseminating of information. He said, "It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one...perished and you learn about it from TMZ".

Our hearts go out to all the families involved.

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