US principal who said Kobe Bryant's death was 'karma' resigns

US principal who said Kobe Bryant's death was 'karma' resigns
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A US high school principal who said Kobe Bryant's death was "karma" has resigned. 

Liza Sejkora, the former principal of Camas High School, said the Lakers basketballer got what he deserved when she posted the comment on Facebook, on the day Bryant and his daughter died.

"Not gonna lie. Seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today," she wrote. 

Sejkora, who resigned on Friday, was put on administrative leave following her comments.

She later apologised.

"I have some personal experience that generated the visceral reaction. This was a situation where I didn't think before I posted, and I'm terribly regretful about that," she told ABC Portland station KATU on Tuesday (local time).

Sejkora's post referred to a rape trial in 2003 when Bryant was accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel employee.

As the victim didn't want to testify, the case was dismissed. 

Bryant, his daughter Gianna, 13, and her seven others died in a helicopter crash last month.

The group were flying to a girls basketball tournament at his Mamba Sports Academy. The deaths shocked the world and the basketball community. 

Bryant's widow, Vanessa, announced that a "celebration of life" memorial will be held on February 24 at the Staples Center, honouring her late husband and daughter.