Last Sunday, family, friends and fans publicly said goodbye to the late Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in a touching memorial at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Featuring a heartfelt performance from Beyoncé and tearful speeches from close family, including wife Vanessa Bryant, it was the event of the year for local residents. Tickets to the home of the Lakers was understandably hard to cop and now, a select few of attendees have taken advantage of the merchandise made available at the funeral.
According to reports each ticket holder was handed a series of items including a t-shirt, pins and booklets for free upon entrance. During the week, these items found their way onto the online marketplace with one t-shirt selling for $2,000 USD. Even used tickets were on sale before eBay took swift action by banning such items from being sold.
Every guest at the Kobe memorial will get this bag: a Kobe and Gigi shirt, booklet, ticket, and Kobe pin pic.twitter.com/ogtoba6yzv
— Eric Levenson (@ejleven) February 24, 2020
In an email via TMZ, eBay explained their decision to the resellers. “Please note, due to sudden and tragic passing of Kobe Bryant — eBay has made the decision to prohibit the sale of merchandise, images, and mugs relating to their passing. We do not allow listings that attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering.”
Preach it, eBay.