Kobe Bryant Cancels ESPN Panel Due to ‘Family Matter’

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant canceled a highly-anticipated appearance at ESPN’s panel on Friday, citing “family matters.”

Bryant had been scheduled to present his new basketball analysis show “Details” at the Television Critics Association press tour.

“We were told by his person he had a family matter to deal with,” a spokesperson for ESPN told TheWrap.

A rep for Bryant did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the nature of the family situation.

Bill Wolff, vice president, studio production for ESPN shared the news with reporters ahead of the panel for the network’s upcoming new morning show, “Get Up!” Co-host Michelle Beadle was also sidelined from the panel due to a severe case of the flu.

ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Jalen Rose were on hand to entertain the audience and dish on Greeny’s latest endeavor after co-hosting “Mike and Mike” for 18 years. “Get Up!” launches from New York on April 2.

As for “Details,” that show is aimed at fans, current NBA players and coaches, and is written, produced and hosted by Bryant.

Kobe also has an Oscars short contender to his name with “Dear Basketball,” which he created with animator Glen Keane.

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