An online petition calling for the NBA to change its logo to feature Kobe Bryant has collected more than 2 million signatures just two days after the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in California.
Created just a few hours after news of Bryant’s death broke, the Change.org petition quickly began circulating on social media, repeatedly surpassing its signature targets as dozens of similar campaigns surfaced.
“My initial goal was to get a mere 100 signatures,” says Nikyar Moghtader, a Canadian teenager who started the petition Sunday. “I didn’t expect much to come out of it.”
In addition to those who added their names to Moghtader’s petition, a handful of high-profile basketball players, including NBA veteran Jamal Crawford and Cleveland Cavaliers center Larry Nance, Jr., have endorsed the idea on Twitter.