Kobe Bryant Gives Caitlyn Jenner Props Before ESPYs

Kobe Bryant Gives Caitlyn Jenner Props Before ESPYs

Five-time NBA champion says it's all about being yourself.

Published July 15, 2015

Not everyone is here for Caitlyn Jenner being this year's recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.

Before Jenner collects that prestigious honor on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant had some props to bestow upon her.

The five-time NBA champion applauded Jenner for being herself when he was asked about her transformation by TMZ Sports.

"I think people have to be comfortable being themselves," Bryant said. "Doesn't matter what walk of life you're in, man...you got to be comfortable being you, being in your own skin. Got to be comfortable being yourself. That's the philosophy behind it all."

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When asked if Caitlyn could have the same impact that Bruce Jenner had before her, Bryant responded, "I don't see why not."

Abby Wambach, from the World Cup-winning U.S. women's national team, will reportedly present Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs. Michael Sam earned the award at last year's ESPYs.

Watch fellow trans woman Laverne Cox praise Caitlyn Jenner for owning her truth in the video below:

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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