- Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna have been blamed for their own deaths
- Island Express Helicopters owners claim the duo should have known the risks in flying a chopper
- Kobe's wife Vanessa has sued them for damages and negligence to obtain clearance for flying
NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were involved in a helicopter crash earlier this year. The accident that took their lives and those of others on board.
The icon's death was extremely painful to the entire world especially his wife Vanessa who sued the aircraft’s owner Island Express with the 72-page lawsuit one month after the incident.
However, the operators have responded to the allegations leveled against them, saying Gigi knew the dangers of flying a chopper according to SunSport quoting TMZ.
The chopper flying the 18-time NBA All-Stars champion was reportedly flying at about 184 miles-per-hour in bad weather just before crashing on January 26.
SunSport reveals that the company and the pilot, Defendant Zobayan, were described as "wanton, willful, callous, reckless and depraved" in the court document.
Meanwhile, the Island Express helicopters via the reports published by TMZ discredits Vanessa's claims against them, saying the foggy weather conditions was an “act of God”.
The firm added that Kobe and 13-year-old Gigi should have known helicopter flying was dangerous.
Their statement reads: "Kobe Bryant and GB [Gigi] had actual knowledge of all of the circumstances, particular dangers, and an appreciation of the risks involved and the magnitude thereof, and proceeded to encounter a known risk, and voluntarily assumed the risk of the accident, injury.
It adds: "thereby barring or reducing [Vanessa's] claim for damages."
Although, it was not clearly stated how they expected Gianna to have known the risks of helicopter flying.
Legit.ng earlier reported that late basketball legend Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa found something to remember her husband with while celebrating turning a year older.
The 38-year-old opened a final love letter from her late husband which the star had written to her way before his passing.
Sharing an image of the letter on Instagram, the mother of four said she had waited to open the letter on her birthday as it gave her something to look forward to.
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