Whicker: Tiger Woods mourns the loss of Bryant, his partner in sports dominance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNearly 150 miles to the north of Torrey Pines, a 28-year-old helicopter began failing.About 90 minutes after that, Dennis Paulson of the Golf Channel quietly told Joe LaCava, Woods’ caddie, that Kobe Bryant was gone.LaCava kept it to himself. As Woods walked through the back nine, he occasionally heard someone yell, “Mamba” or “Do it for Mamba.” He tuned it out; no sportsman on earth has heard more extraneous fan comments than Woods.Once Woods holed his final putt for a 70 and a ninth-place finish in the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday, LaCava gave him the indigestible news.“I grew up a die-hard Laker fan, it’s part of me, it’s all I remember,” Woods said, caught in the numbness that precedes the first wave of grief. “This is one of the most shocking, tragic days that I can ever remember.” Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, nicknamed Gigi, were headed to Gigi’s basketball game. John Altobelli, who won a state championship last spring coaching Orange Coast College’s baseball team, was on the chopper with his daughter. The four of them frequently traveled like that. The crash claimed them and five others.Bryant and wife Vanessa and the four girls occasionally came to Lakers games, and he coached his daughters’ teams. “Gigi’s a dog,” Bryant proudly told the Sparks’ Candace Parker and TNT’s Kristen Ledlow on a recent podcast. “She loves to compete.”The news penetrated the hardest bubbles, even the one that surrounds the PGA Tour.Matthew Wolff is from Westlake, Max Homa from Valencia.“I talk to Justin Thomas all the time, about how much we try to emulate him,” Homa said. “He’s been a big part of my life. My caddie pulled me aside after a good day of golf (a 67, good for ninth) and said he had terrible news. It’s awful and sad and shocking. My wife and I were on the couch watching his last game (the 60-pointer at the end of the 2016 season). He was my first-ish basketball memory.“He’s Superman. He played the game with, like, eight broken fingers. He shot two free throws with a torn Achilles. It’s hard to believe anybody like that could have the sniffles, let alone something like this happening.”Homa said he’s been inspired by a poster he’d read about and that Bryant kept in his locker.It was the quote from Jacob Riis that adorns the San Antonio Spurs’ locker room in several languages: “Look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the 101st blow it will split in two, and I know that it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”“It’s devastating,” Wolff said. “You feel sick to your stomach. Nothing feels right at this point because you’re not just losing a great player, you’re losing a legend as a person. He’s a light. There’s really nothing you can say except you can’t take anything for granted. I’m devastated and I didn’t even know him.”But Tiger was Kobe’s career Doppelganger.Sign up for the Purple and Bold newsletter for complete Lakers coverage delivered 3 days a week. Subscribe here.Bryant was drafted in June of 1996. Tiger turned pro three months later. When Bryant and the Lakers won the 2000 NBA championship and then the next two, Woods was in the midst of a one-man dynasty. One month after that 2000 Lakers title, which Bryant cemented in Game 4 of the Finals, Woods won the British Open. At that point, he held all four major championship trophies at once.Woods won his 14th major in June of 2008. Bryant won his fourth Lakers title 12 months later and the MVP. Their bodies betrayed them at about the same time. Bryant retired in 2016, a year in which Woods was too injured to play at all.Now Woods is well into his second golfing act. He and Bryant shared so much, shared boundless ambition and intelligence. Each had a massive belief in his destiny.Bryant played voraciously and without mercy. He nicknamed himself after the most vicious reptile in the world. Woods saw no reason to win by five when it was possible to win by 10. They were kindred spirit animals.“When I lived in Newport Beach we’d work out together,” Woods said. “We really connected more on the mental side of it. The amount of hours he’d spend in the gym, it looked like it came natural on the court, but he spent more hours looking at film and working on the details. That’s where he and I connected.“We’re very similar. We had our 20-year run together. It’s shocking.”The coldest, cruelest part of Sunday was the knowledge of the aftershocks that are rolling toward a city that worshiped Kobe Bryant like no one else in its history.This was the calm before the pain. We are providing free access to this article. Please consider supporting local journalism like this by subscribing here. SAN DIEGO — At 9:45 a.m. they greeted one of the two essential American athletes of the past 25 years.They had no clue what was about to happen to the other one.Three guys wore orange tiger suits, with stripes and tail. One old fellow near the first green saw the man coming and yelled, “I’ve been waiting for 20 years for this.”The fairways were lined and the hopes were high. The world slams the brakes whenever Tiger Woods stalks a victory. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Current Laws Inadequate to Dispense Justice

first_imgProlonged pretrial detentions, the huge backlog of court cases and other shortcomings are impeding the effective dispensing of justice in Liberia, Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh has said. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie, the Justice Minister pointed out that the current laws in Liberia are inadequate to address injustices and “therefore the Executive and the Judiciary branches of the government must find a solution.”Quoting a famous American lawyer, Howard Taff, the Minister said “‘Frequently, nations are faced with situations that those who make the laws never took into consideration while formulating the laws.’ That is the situation currently facing the Liberian state,” he said.He advised that it may be necessary for the courts to supplement the laws, statutes, and concerns because they are already inadequate and incomplete, and do not have all the details to address the challenges that confront the courts. “We have to [find] ingenious ways to have a practical approach to the law,” he said, and suggested the plea bargaining process to reduce the backlog of cases. “Some may say it may be an exercise of legislative power. Some may also say it is part of the exercise of sound discussion by the court, which is one of its highest functions, to be able to use the law to consolidate peace,” he added. But he noted that one way to find a reasonable approach to solving the problem would be the adoption of what he termed as a plea bargaining process or procedure. “When I talk about the problems that we have, one thing that comes to my mind is plea bargaining,” the Minister said. “Last week the Solicitor General reported to me that her office has obtained indictments in 150 cases for the criminal court in Monrovia. The most we can do in one term is to try maybe two or maximum three cases. So it means for those 150 cases in a year we will try no more than six to eight cases. So for 150 cases it will take the government twenty years,” he revealed. Minister Sannoh said that there are four criminal court terms a year for the Lower Courts while the Supreme Court has only two.He said not all cases go to trial in many countries around the world, adding, “Some cases go through a plea bargaining process that will help to reduce the backlog of cases. And so we in the Executive would like to work with the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices and the whole Judiciary to see how we can begin to look in this direction.”Minister Sannoh congratulated Chief Justice Francis Korkpor for the idea to construct a judicial complex in Nimba County and said that “when court houses are provided they enhance access to justice. Having court houses in different parts of the country will enable people to resolve their disputes without taking the law into their hands, which is part of government’s peace consolidation strategy.” Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh welcomed the Justice Minister’s suggestions and said that the Judiciary is always willing to work in ways that will enhance the process of dispensing justice in the country. He further noted that the collaboration should also involve the transferring of cases from courts that have huge backlogs of cases to courts where there are fewer cases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more