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. »