Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter Join Forces at the Players' Tribune

Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter Join Forces at the Players' Tribune

NBA legend invests in website.

Published October 29, 2015

During his Kobe Bryant Genius Talk at the BET Experience this past June, the Black Mamba spoke about his interest and willingness to tell stories once his career is over.

Well, the 37-year-old future Hall of Famer took a big step in that direction this week, joining forces with Derek Jeter at the Players' Tribune. The website founded by Jeter allows past and present athletes to tell their own stories. According to Forbes, Bryant made a significant investment during the website's recent financing round.

“There are three areas that pique my interest — media, technology and storytelling," Bryant told Forbes. "The Players’ Tribune is the perfect intersection of those personal passions. Through my investment company, we look to help grow media and tech companies that challenge their industries. The Players’ Tribune disrupted the status quo by giving a platform to athletes."

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Jeter is thrilled to be joined by a fellow sports legend in continuing enabling athletes to have a voice.

“I asked Kobe to get involved from the beginning and contribute content. And later, after having a full understanding of what we were doing, he wanted to get more involved in the business," Jeter said. "Besides being a phenomenal athlete, mentor and leader on the court, he’s a respected voice and figure in the global sports community. He’s a great connector, a savvy businessman, and a successful investor. Who wouldn’t want him on their team?”

Forbes reports that Bryant's and other investments will go toward everything from the Players' Tribunes podcasts, written pieces, photography and radio channels.

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 (Photos from left: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The Players' Tribune, Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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