Almost two years after leaving the National Basketball Association (NBA), the 39-year-old Bryant won the Academy Award for best animated short yesterday for Dear Basketball, a collaboration with artist Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams.
"You don't have to sit in a tub of ice", Keane told Bryant backstage.
"The hardest thing when you start over, you have to quiet the ego and begin again". They welcomed their third child in 2016.
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, it will be a reminder that Bryant was arrested over the suspected rape of a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado in 2003.
"When you have mentors like that in your life, everything tends to work itself out", he said. Bryant was later arrested on felony charges, though the case was dropped after his accuser was unwilling to testify. She later filed a civil suit against him, which was settled out of court and included Bryant's public apology to her, although he admitted no guilt.