“When we heard Natalia’s prom night and Kobe’s Hall of Fame night were on the same night, I looked at Natalia and said, ‘Well if it’s any consolation, daddy kept me from going to my prom, so it’s only right that he tried to keep you from going to yours,’” Vanessa revealed.
She also said “When I was a senior in high school, Kobe and I were engaged and he had a playoff game the night of my prom. Kobe didn’t want me going to prom without him and I didn’t want to go without him.”
The California native joked that Kobe was “Still trying to make moves and keep the boys away … even in heaven.” She wrote, “Natalia’s experienced so much loss, I couldn’t let her miss out on her once in a lifetime opportunity to go to her senior prom.”
The late Los Angeles Lakers player was inducted by Michael Jordan, and Vanessa spoke at the ceremony about how she kept Kobe grounded.
“I used to always avoid praising my husband in public because I felt like he got enough praise from his fans,” the former model said. “Along the road, someone had to bring him back to reality.
Right now, I am sure he is laughing in heaven because I’m about to praise him in public for his accomplishments on one of the most public stages. I can see him now, arms folded, with a huge grin saying, ‘Isn’t this some s–t?!’