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Twitter users reporting people who use LeBron crying over Kobe’s death as a meme

While many agreed to never use the photos as a meme, some still did.


Tiffanie Drayton

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 6, 2020   Updated on May 19, 2021, 4:08 pm CDT

Twitter users seemed to be in a collective agreement that pictures of LeBron James crying over Kobe Bryant’s death wouldn’t be used as a meme–ever. Yet, some still decided to meme the grief-stricken moment.

But doing so may just get you reported by fans on the platform.

On Jan. 26, Bryant, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others, died in a helicopter crash. James mourned the death of his former Team USA teammate and friend at a Lakers pregame ceremony dedicated to honoring Bryant’s life and legacy. (Bryant played for the Lakers his entire professional career.)

“Laker nation, man, I will be selling you short if I read off this shit, so I’m going to go straight from the heart,” James said at the ceremony.

It was at the ceremony that James broke down in tears. Many users tweeted out some variation of an agreement to not meme the photos.

“Can we make a pact as a family to NEVER allow these pics to become memes?” one user wrote in a now-viral tweet.

Yet, some Twitter users began using the photos as a reaction meme to convey everything, from a crush breaking their heart to finding out about Megan Thes Stallion and G-Eazy’s rendezvous.


Many even started to respond to the users who urged against using the meme with the meme.

“When you realise this is the internet and telling people not to do something is only going to make them want to do it even more,” Twitter user @6ikoV posted, along with the meme.

Now, fans are fighting back by reporting any user who memes the photos.

“Everytime someone makes a meme of that pic report it,” Twitter user @Damaged_Minds05 urged.

Another wrote that they report it as “abusive or harmful” content.

“I will report y’all using that photo of Lebron as a meme. Idcidcidc,” Twitter user @stcyannee cautioned.


H/T Pop Culture

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*First Published: Feb 6, 2020, 7:55 pm CST