A. This is a horrible tragedy, and after thinking on this for a few days I wanted to approach this to see what I could get to come forward. I agree that a lot doesn't add up, and what to tune into this to make better sense of everything.
Kobe did have a lot going on in his life, most of it felt to be positive or headed in a positive direction. I will say, I do hear the phrase "he had some friends in low places," but they weren't people in his close circle. He kept himself and his family somewhat distanced from them. Because of his fame, he had the opportunity to take advantage of the encounters with some powerful people (see the picture to the right). He was also invited to a few "secret island" getaways, of which Kobe declined. Kobe had knowledge of what some of his "low friends" and the Illumidonkey members with a golden pass to "the island" did, and even though he was trustworthy and not a threat, he was on a radar. The Powers That Were (PTW) did not feel that he needed to be silenced because Kobe did have integrity, but he was being watched, and occasionally reminded. I also get that the "cartoon" mentioned in the question was a warning. When this was released this was a reminder to stay quiet. It was a subtle, yet direct threat. Kobe was very aware of this cartoon and what it meant.