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Washington Post reporter slammed for insensitive tweets as nation grieves for Kobe Bryant and family

The reporter was suspended after posting the tweets.
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Felicia Sonmez, a reporter from The Washington Post, has deleted a series of insensitive tweets about NBA legend Kobe Bryant who tragically passed away in a helicopter crash earlier today – along with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

The nation was shocked when they heard that Bryant and his daughter had died in the crash and took to social media to share their condolences.

However, as timelines became filled with mourning fans, Sonmez instead used the sensitive moments soon after the deaths to tweet out a three-year-old article containing rape allegations against Bryant.

Twitter users were shocked by the insensitive nature and timing of the tweet, that soon became heavily ratioed.

But Sonmez initially didn’t take the criticism of the tweet on board and instead framed herself as the victim of harassment and told those responding to her tweets: “You might want to consider that your behavior says more about you than the person you’re targeting.”

Sonmez’s defense was that she wasn’t the one that wrote the article and that, regardless of timing, “any public figure is worth remembering in their totality.”

This resulted in even more appalled responses from Twitter users who urged Sonmez to take a step back from Twitter and learn when to not comment.

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Sonmez has since deleted the insensitive tweets and been suspended by The Washington Post as it investigates whether the tweets violated The Washington Post newsroom’s social media policy.

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