O’Shea Jackson Jr. Says His Drunk DM on Twitter Led to Heartfelt Conversation with Kobe Bryant

O’Shea Jackson Jr., Kobe Bryant

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It was revealed this week that O’Shea Jackson Jr. sent a direct message to Kobe Bryant by mistake, which eventually led to a heart-to-heart conversation between the two.

The 30-year-old actor and rapper discussed the situation at an appearance The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday with the tWitch host, calling it “a funny Cuban story.”

Jackson Jr. explained, “I was home a little drunk, don’t judge me. And yes, Kobe follows me on Twitter and I’m like, ‘You know?'” I’m going to DM Kobe. I’m drunk, I’m going to DM Cuban. “

So I hit Kobe and say, ‘Listen, man, I just want to know how do you go on? How can you not be satisfied? Can you give me any books, any movies to watch, any quotes? Give me something,” the actor continued.

The basketball legend, who died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in January 2020, replied to the message with his phone number.

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A few days later, Bryant eventually called Jackson Jr. while he was in the back of an Uber.

Jackson Jr. recounted: “He talked to me for 25 minutes. We talked about our parents. He had a dad who was in the league following in his footsteps. Kind of the same world I was in. We talked about work ethic, not feeling good, and I don’t feel like he’s done enough even That he just won an Oscar — you know, and he still feels that way.”

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Jackson Jr continued, “And it’s something I will always cherish, that my first phone call with my hero was also the last. And that’s something I take into account. So my entire performance in the swagger, which I hope you all can see, is dedicated to Kobe Bryant.”

swagger is a new 10-episode basketball drama series on Apple TV+ that highlights the ups and downs of young athletes.

O’Jackson Jr. , who plays basketball coach Ike Edwards swagger, said he started filming it the day after Bryant was killed and it was difficult because he was such a huge fan.

swagger Now available to stream on Apple TV +

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