If you don’t have the balls to tell a client “no go,” you’re in the wrong business. We had to do it regularly with clients wanting to fly into ASE or TEX when I worked in business aviation. Mother Nature doesn’t accept the AMEX Black card. What’s Kobe going to do? Complain to the company? They’d apologize and give him a free flight next time or whatever. They’d rather have that on their reputation than a crash & death of one of the most high profile athletes of our generation.I’m sure there was an element of “Get There Itis”. When you’re transporting a celebrity and his family somewhere it’s obviously vitally important to get them where they need to be on time, and even more difficult and intimidating to tell them “Due to weather we cannot fly today”. I’ll have to go back and listen to the tapes and re read the suit to see if they have a valid claim. If I had to guess the FAA will settle in court if the controllers didn’t follow the 7110.65 to a T.