Just hours after his tragic death in a helicopter crash that also killed his 13 year old teen daughter, Washington Post reporter Felicia Sonmez thought it was a good time to smear Kobe over his 2016 rape case.
After being slammed by the masses on Twitter for what many saw as a tasteless and disgraceful decision, Felicia Sonmez portrayed herself as the victim.
To the 10,000 people (literally) who have commented and emailed me with abuse and death threats, please take a moment and read the story – which was written 3+ years ago, and not by me.
Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality even if that public figure is beloved and that totality unsettling.
That folks are responding with rage and threats toward me (someone who didn’t even write the piece but found it well-reported) speaks volumes about the pressure people come under to stay silent in these cases.’
Apparently, the Washington Post sided with critics of her tweets and not Sonmez and she has been suspended per DailyMail.
Sonmez has now deleted all the tweets about Bryant and her most recent tweet on her Twitter profile is about WH press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
On Fox this morning, WH press secretary Stephanie Grisham claims that during the Senate trial breaks, "Democrats are getting all of this airtime and not the Republican side.” (Grisham, of course, has not given a single on-camera briefing at the WH podium.)
— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) January 26, 2020
DailyMail reports a Washington Post journalist has been suspended by the newspaper after she tweeted a link on Sunday to a years-old story about the Kobe Bryant rape case just hours after the basketball legend and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash.
Felicia Sonmez, who covers national politics for the Post, took to Twitter shortly after the world learned of Bryant’s death along with eight others aboard his private helicopter which crashed outside of Los Angeles.
She posted a link to an April 2016 story from the news site The Daily Beast which carried the headline: ‘Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession.’
The tweet generated hundreds of shares and thousands of likes as well as many comments.
Sonmez says she has received death threats after posting the tweets.
The reaction on Twitter from Bryant fans was so severe that the hashtag #FireFeliciaSonmez was trending.
Tracy Grant, managing editor of The Washington Post, told DailyMail.com on Sunday: ‘National political reporter Felicia Sonmez was placed on administrative leave while The Post reviews whether tweets about the death of Kobe Bryant violated The Post newsroom’s social media policy.
‘The tweets displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues.’
On Twitter, reaction to Sonmez’s tweet was scathing.
Here is just a small sample:
— Đ₳VłĐ ĐɆł₦ ₣₵ 🔴⚪ (@David_Dein_FC) January 27, 2020
— Chungo (@thinkpatrol) January 26, 2020
The responses aren’t about being quiet in these cases. The responses are about the fact that you callously posted it after he died for clicks. Disgusting. Your response shows you just don’t get it. #FireFeliciaSonmez
— Chuck Buffett (@Chuck_Buffett) January 26, 2020
@washingtonpost you should #firefeliciasonmez for this classless and heartless post with the passing of an iconic superstar literally HOURS after a horrific crash that also killed his daughter and 7 other along with them. #firefeliciasonmez
— Cassidy Riley (@cassidyriley) January 26, 2020
— soufi mhadi (@SoufiMhadi) January 27, 2020
Felicia Sonmez should be fired. To tweet something like that just hours after him and his daughter passed is disgusting. She is a horrible human being for doing something like that. #FireFeliciaSonmez
— Dustin Driscoll (@DJLaker54) January 27, 2020
@feliciasonmez consider how #vanessa is already suffering losing her husband and daughter. You chose to use this tragedy to gain notoriety and remind her of another pain from the past. Stop thinking of yourself. Your action is not about #metoo; it’s about you.
— carinaoreyes (@twist18x) January 27, 2020