LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As word of Kobe Bryant's death shocked the sports world on Sunday, a number of past and present UK players and coaches reacted on social media to the tragic news.
Kentucky Coach John Calipari Tweeted that he was in shock over Bryant's death, followed by another Tweet that included a prayer.
No words work on a day like today; only a prayer:
Lord, we all mourn the untimely death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and the others who lost their lives today. May you grant eternal rest to them, O Lord; and let your light perpetually shine upon them. Amen. 🙏🏼
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) January 26, 2020
Several Kentucky players also took to Twitter to share their feelings of disbelief, including Nate Sestina, Immanuel Quickley and E.J. Montgomery who wrote "this can't be real, I'm shook."
My favorite player ever... 😔— Nate Sestina (@NateSestina23) January 26, 2020
Several former UK players turned NBA stars are equally stunned by the tragedy, Tyler Herro Tweeting that every team has to retire 24, which was Kobe's jersey number.
Every team has to retire 24— Tyler Herro (@raf_tyler) January 26, 2020
I’m numb.— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 26, 2020