The Tron Foundation will dedicate its niTROn 2020 summit to Kobe Bryant, an American NBA superstar who died Sunday in a helicopter crash.
After the tragic news, the Tron Foundation announced that the next niTROn Summit, an important event organized by Tron that will take place from February 29 to March 1 in Seoul, will be dedicated to Bryant.
Bryant discussed the future of blockchain in a previous event
When announcing the news in a tweet on January 26, Tron attached a photo of the late basketball legend with Tron's founder and CEO, Justin Sun, at a previous niTROn event held in San Francisco in January 2019.
In another tweet , Sun expressed his condolences and noted that it was one of the greatest honors of his life to meet Bryant at the event:
“Kobe, it was great to have met you in niTROn 2019. Mtg, you were one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life, I will always remember on stage discussing the future of blockchain. We will have a moment of silence in his honor during niTROn 2020. RIP ”
The crypto community becomes cynical
Sun, who has been seen in the media as a “hype master” and criticized for “announcing an advertisement for an advertisement,” has been criticized by the online crypto community for allegedly using Bryant's name to promote his event.
Several cryptocurrency commentators on Twitter were outraged by the Tron Foundation and Sun's reaction to the tragic loss, accusing them of using someone's death for their own benefit:
“@Justinsuntron does it again, using [someone's] death for his own gain.”
Others defended what they perceived as an honest gesture of respect and condolence on behalf of the Tron community. One person tweeted : “I think the negative commentators are sick and @justinsuntron has given a great tribute to #KobeBryant.”
As Cointelegraph previously reported , the basketball champion was invited to the Tron conference in 2019 as a special guest to “share his thoughts and his life experience to inspire young leaders and entrepreneurs.”
Earlier today, Cointelegraph reported on former BitTorrent employees who sued Sun for alleged labor violations and harassment. Former BitTorrent employees, the torrent p2p client acquired by Tron in 2018, seek USD 15 million damages against Sun, accusing his company of unjustified dismissal, racial discrimination, a hostile work environment and other infractions.