Washington Post suspended reporter after Bryant tweets - Kobe Bryant Rape Case
Washington Post journalist is suspended after tweeting a link to a 2016 story about Kobe Bryant's rape case
Kobe Bryant Rape Case
Kobe Bryant is an 18 time All-Star and 12 time member of the All-Defensive Team. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won 5 time NBA championships.
The Washington Post fired a journalist who said she received death threats on Twitter after sending a tweet related to a 2016 article about the basketball star Kobe Bryant rape case. The incident has stirred up controversy over how we remember complicated public figures, even as circumstances around the suspension remain unclear.
In 2018, Sonmez came forward with allegations that Jonathan Kaiman, a former Beijing bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, had sexually assaulted her after a drunken night in Beijing in September 2017.
The police were involved in Kobe Bryant's first affair when the victims alleged sexual assault. His wife sat at his side until a few years later, when she realized that he was cheating again. She filed for a divorce back in 2011, but to this day you can see them cuddling up on Instagram.
Post reporter Felicia Sonmez's tweet was sent shortly after news of Bryant's death in a helicopter crash on Sunday and he met with people's online vitriol.
In a statement, the Post said Sonmez had been placed on administrative leave when investigating whether her tweets violated the post newsroom's social media policies.
The post confirmed the suspension on Monday, but did not say which of the tweets in particular had prompted it to take action.
Sonmez also shared a snapshot of her inbox, which included the people's names who sent her an email to condemn her aboout the Kobe tweets.
However, her decision to share the article about the accusation that dogged Bryant early in his career – and ultimately resulted in him reaching a financial settlement with his accuser – drew a furious and widespread backlash from fans of the player. Many felt the tweet came too soon after the death on Sunday of Bryant alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles.
Sonmez's bosses disagreed and suspended her. Tracy Grant, the managing editor of the Washington Post, said: “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.”
In March 2005, The accuser's civil suit against Bryant was ultimately settled and terms of the settlement were undisclosed.