Kobe Bryant’s Oscar win — a first for an athlete — drew mixed reactions on social media.
The NBA star bagged an Oscar for his animated short film titled “Dear Basketball” which was awarded “Best Animated Short.”
Many pointed out that the Bryant’s triumph seemed to be ironic with the 90th Academy Awards’ anti-harassment theme, since the sporting champion was once charged with sexual assault and harassment.
In 2013, Bryant was accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old hotel employee in California and later settled out of court.
The woman, however, later refused to testify, causing the case to be dropped, and Bryant made a settlement with her.
Bryant’s case has faded from the public consciousness, but his win at the Oscars prompted critics to remember the details.
The Oscars’ attendance of Ryan Seacrest, Roman Polanski, Gary Oldman, and Casey Affleck — who have all been accused of sexual harassment and assault — were also questioned by netizens.