Retired Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has something new to add to his already crowded trophy case after Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Bryant won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” a six-minute film based on his 2015 retirement letter. He shared the Oscar with Disney animator Glen Keane. While playing for the Lakers, Bryant won five NBA titles.
Bill Russell, Magic Johnson and even Shaquille O’Neal tweeted Bryant congratulations. When O’Neal and Bryant played for the Lakers, they did not get along and once got into a slapping fight.
Bryant, who grew up in Italy and Philadelphia, said now that he has retired from basketball, he plans to become a writer.
His award comes at the height of the Time’s Up on Silence movement, which is awkward.
In 2003, prosecutors charged Bryant with raping a 19-year-old Colorado hotel employee. Prosecutors dropped the charges when the woman refused to testify.
Bryant apologized without admitting guilt. He paid the woman an undisclosed sum of money.