Vanessa Bryant Surprises Kobe’s Sister Sharia Washington With a Tesla

The wife of late basketball legend Kobe Bryant surprised his sister, Sharia Washington, with a flashy new car on Thursday, June 3. Vanessa, 39, documented the moment Sharia found out she’d be getting the keys to a white Tesla in photos and videos shared to Instagram.



“Surprise @shariawash! We love you!!!” Vanessa captioned her post. “Tesla Tunnel, here she comes!! Vegas to Cali #BoringTunnel.”



(Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s The Boring Company recently built an underground transportation system in Sin City called the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop. According to their website,

a separate Loop aimed to connect parts of Vegas and “eventually to Los Angeles” is under construction.)Innovations in technology aside, Sharia said she was genuinely shocked by the gesture.



“OMG! So this happened today!” she gushed on Instagram. “Thank you so much V! I’m still speechless! This is absolutely amazing Love you!!” In a separate video,

Vanessa captured Sharia checking out the Tesla’s bells and whistles as she asked her, “Is that my bestie in a Tessie? Do you like your car?”



Keep scrolling to see her reaction! Sharia and Kobe’s other sister, Shaya Bryant-Tabb, have become integral parts of Vanessa’s support system since he, daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others were killed in a January 2020 helicopter crash.

“Laughter is the best medicine,” Vanessa captioned an Instagram video with Sharia as the first anniversary of their deaths approached. “It’s been so tough. Thx for flying in.

I needed this @shariawash My sister-in-law is my #hypeman.”Before surprising Sharia, Vanessa went to bat against Nike after shoes she helped design in Gianna’s memory were allegedly released without her permission. Get the details here.