Mourning Kobe Means Men Finally Get to Cry

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal embrace during the 2001 NBA Finals.

I have spent a week choking on tears. An athlete I respect died young. Now I can’t swallow the lump in my throat that makes me feel scared, sad, and alone. I’ve watched men from across the world weep over his death too. He contained so much for so many, like hard-earned peace and brash violence. And his…

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