Who was his Realtor? The trolls are active.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

As most of the world knows by now, Basketball Legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other people recently died in a horrific helicopter accident.

The world has been weighing in on what a wonderful person Kobe was, and how he impacted the sport of basketball, and their lives in general.

Online people have been pouring their hearts out, along with the occassional troll.

Yesterday a Realtor who worked for Exp Realty commented in a thread which was lamenting Kobe's death... "Who was his Realtor?" she asked.  She was immediately lambasted by many of the commenters online.

But it didn't end there. It went viral, and word got to corporate at Exp Realty, who had the good sense to fire her insensitive butt.

What a world, what a world, what a world.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Alan May 

People have lost much civility in the social media age. What's up with the Trump troll?

Jan 29, 2020 07:32 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I happen to know who his realtor is...and we are avid Laker fans, and continue to be.  We saw Kobe play many times, and he was an inspiration.  We wrote 5 posts about his dedication to everything he did. A

Jan 29, 2020 07:32 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Oh geez... people are so insensitive. That agent's butt deserved to be fired. I just don't understand how in the midst of all this, the first question that comes to someone's mind is who was his Realtor.

Jan 29, 2020 07:32 AM #3
Joseph Doohan
Joseph Doohan - Las Vegas, NV
I offer business strategy advice for realtors

It is quite terrible that people can be so insensitive. My sincere condolences to Kobe Bryant's family, an awful tragedy that should not have happened.

Jan 29, 2020 08:33 AM #4
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh wow, that is absolutely bizzare behavior. Talk about missing a chip. Glad Exp gave her the boot. 

Jan 29, 2020 08:35 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Thanks Alan, the first picture is now etched in my brain forever. I also just saw the commnet above about being picked up. Many brokers are desparate and on the edge financially. Personally I wouldn't hire her especially knowing how sad this loss of life was.

Jan 29, 2020 08:49 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Alan, 

Coming from SoCal, we were completely shocked about what happened. I know the gated community he lived in and actually ran into him when his daughter was still in a stroller. We are all devasted by what happened.

Our news in Phoenix ran the entire news show on Kobe. He was a nemesis to the Phoenix Suns but very well respected. All the Sun's fans interviewed mentioned how they respected him.


I guess I am missing context on this. I don't get it.  Why would someone bring up "Who was his Realtor?" and of course get fired? This is so bizarre that I must be missing context!

Jan 29, 2020 01:55 PM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Unfortunately it doesn't surprise me, trolls are everywhere. Most are just looking for attention and do it under the cloak of anonymity. In this case, I'm glad that she was exposed & held accountable for insensitive remarks.

Jan 29, 2020 01:55 PM #8
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker, CRB, CRS
HomeSmart International - Phoenix, AZ

I just read Candice A. Donofrio post about trolls albeit she calls them Lilliputians which is so true. I stay away, far away from that crowd. 


Very very sad to hear of this tragic accident. Kolbe was an amazing,very driven man and a wonderful family man.  He will be missed world wide.



Jan 30, 2020 11:21 AM #9
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I wish I could say I was surprised by the insensitivity shown, Alan May ... but in this day and age?  Nope ... not one bit.  I AM however, pleasantly surprised by the company reaction to this insensitivity.  Kudos to them ...


Jan 30, 2020 01:06 PM #10
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA

well there's a thought.  report the person to corporate 

Feb 08, 2020 02:19 PM #11
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