Kobe Bryant kept out of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after Oscar win

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
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He may be a basketball legend, but Kobe Bryant won't be a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences anytime soon.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- He may be a basketball legend, but Kobe Bryant won't be a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences anytime soon.

The five-time NBA champion won an Oscar for his animated short film "Dear Basketball" and was considered for membership in the film academy.

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The academy's governors committee has reportedly rescinded his invitation, saying Bryant needed to show evidence of a larger career in the field before allowing him to represent the organization as a member.

The retired star played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers before his retirement.