Gojira1971@aol 2007-10-06 11:25:01
EAGLE, Colo. (July 18) – Kobe Bryant was charged Friday with sexually
assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a case bound to tarnish the career of one of
the NBA’s superstars.
The 24-year-old Bryant faces four years to life in prison if convicted on the
single felony count, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert told
reporters during a news conference.
Hurlbert refused to talk about the details of the case.
Bryant maintained his innocence after the charges were filed.
”I did not assault the woman who is accusing me. I made the mistake of
adultery. I have to answer to my wife and my God for my actions that night and
I pray that both will forgive me,” he said in a statement. ”Nothing that
happened June 30th was against the will of the woman who now falsely accuses
Dwjones 2007-10-06 11:25:09
it looks like in light of today’s charges kobe’s street cred is on the rise.
now i wonder why someone who is married to an attractive woman would want to
go else where to have s**. i just do not get it. also what are the chances
that kobe bean’s wife will dump his a** once this is all said and done with
Dwjones 2007-10-06 11:25:11
i wonder why kobe bean did not hire johnny “bogaloo’s cochran to help get
him off of the sexual assault chargers. after all if he could get o j
simpson off who committed murder he could get kobe off for the ‘minor”
charge of sexual assault
Eichler4 2007-10-06 11:25:12
Maybe, just maybe unlike OJ he isn’t guilty?
Gojira1971@aol 2007-10-06 11:25:17
He may not be guilty of rape, but he is guilty of being a complete stupid
idiot. The girl could have set up him from the beginning. After they finished,
“Kobe give me 1 million dollars” Kobe, “NO”. The girl “OK you just raped me”
Dwjones 2007-10-07 23:49:37
u must admit that at the very least kobe is an utter idiot for did anyone
see his wife tonight? why would anyone want to cheat when they have someone
like her waiting for him at home?
Tammo29@aol.co 2007-10-07 23:49:40
Kobe doesn’t have to assault any girl.
They are readily available.
More likely some golddigging going on here.
Glad to see you’re keeping an open mind here.
Just for the record, rape isn’t about s**. Rape is about power.
It would be nice if we could give both sides the benefit of the doubt until all
the facts are out.
Stamkis 2007-10-07 23:49:48
I doubt there is any gold digging going on. This woman is a 19 year old
college student. She may have came on to him and they both got caught up in
the heat of the moment. I would guess she consented at first and then
changed her mind. Who knows when. Afterwards? In the beginning?
If this case proves to be a false claim, I would guess this woman is white
and may have regretted having s** with someone who is black. This is purely
speculation on my part as we don’t know this woman’s race or what the
circumstances really were. I’m just trying to think of what a 19 year old
would worry about.
What would blow this case wide open is if other women came out and said
something similar happened when they were with Kobe. On a similar note, a
woman I work with went out with a guy who was well respected in the
community. At the end of the date she literally had to fight him off her to
prevent him from sexually assaulting her. (no, she didn’t date him again.)
Had she been a naive 19 year old who knows if she would have been that
As much as I hate the Lakers, I hope he is not guilty of this crime. I
agree with Kobe, in that, at times like these contracts and basketball
(championships) are not important.
He’s up against the most challenging opponent in his life. This DA is
working for Colorado a state that screwed up the Ramsey case big time.
During his press conference the DA said he consulted with DA’s all across
the state before filing charges. This means they are going to work together
and make sure they cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s by the time this
case goes to trial. The DA also has a lot going for him. He’s good-looking
and has an innocent folksiness about him that makes you believe he wouldn’t
go forward with a case unless the evidence was very credible. Also
remember, this case will not be in LA, so there will not be a mostly black
jury like in the OJ case. I predict the jury will be 70% white. I would
also venture to say he would probably chose a jury trial rather than a judge
hearing because no judge wants to be perceived as a soft on crime in a case
on the national spotlight. If he is found guilty, the punishment will be
On TV tonight they interviewed a sportsguy, probably from some university.
He said we also need to be sensitive to this woman’s plight. Especially, if
she actually was assaulted. Many of us would not like to think so. It’s a
As to why Kobe would have s** with someone else when he had such a beautiful
wife is quite simple. Temptation, excitement, stupidity.
Years ago I was at an event talking to Dave Cowens (around 1979). In the
middle of the conversation this gorgeous young woman boldly stepped in front
of me and started putting the moves on Dave. He was polite and cordial.
She was behaved like a vulture stepping into his personal space and
aggressively pursuing him. I can easily understand how someone could be
tempted by women like this. (Unfortunately, the woman made dumb move as
Dave wasn’t interested in her. She could have had me had she put in half
the effort ;:-))
Robertmc 2007-10-07 23:49:51
Even if rape wasn’t part of what actually happened. Isn’t this the same
sqeaky clean Kobe who claimed on MTV’s Diary that he would never cheat on
his wife? I have zero sympathy for him. We aren’t talking about an infant
here. (Kobe) This is an adult (millionaire) who has to be held accountable
for his decisions. Whether that includes adultery, rape or spending time
with people who are looking for a big payday from an unsuspecting celebrity.
He made his bed and unfortunately now he’s front page news.. This was dumb,
Hytem 2007-10-09 14:12:58
I don’t know how many of these famous guys “cheat.”
I would guess most of them do, and most of the wives accept it as the price
for fame and fortune.
The enticements are just too great.
Kobe wouldn’t be the first one to lie to protect his Nike image. The best
thing to do is to shut up, since your s** life is nobody’s business anyways.
Rape, by the way, is about s**–legally speaking.
Power is another kettle of fish.
Hytem 2007-10-09 14:13:00
Consented and then changed her mind?
The question is when.
Kobe has little incentive to force himself on a woman.
Very risky for a famous guy.
A woman has much more incentive to to force herself on a famous guy, and
then cry rape.
Don’t think a judge and jury don’t know that.
Stamkis 2007-10-09 14:13:05
She may have been very aggressive in her pursuit of Kobe, but no jury is
going to believe she forced herself on him.
Those crocodile tears, and/or bruises and scratches if there are any, might
prove very convincing to an all white jury. I took a legal-type seminar a
few years ago to fill a work requirement. The lawyer teaching the class
said he tried to avoid trying a case in court whenever possible. He
preferred settling out of court because he felt that trials were too
unpredictable and any verdict could reached regardless of the evidence.
Also, a distant friend of mine, a hot shot lawyer from Boston once told me
that in some cases the judge has already made up his mind about the guilt or
innocence of a defendant before the evidence has even been presented (and
these are mega cases). Sometimes that works to his advantage as the judges
leave room for appeal by demonstrating bias or not following judicial
I read an article a while back about a study a man did on the treatment of
blacks and whites in the courtroom. What proved interesting to the
researcher was that the black-white divide was not that great. In other
words blacks and whites often had similar sentencing or guilt findings.
Realistically, he felt they were in most cases treated the same. What his
finding did reveal was that it was the defendants attractiveness that played
a much bigger role in jury/judge bias. He found that attractive people, on
average, were treated far better than the less attractive counterparts.
Their sentences were generally shorter and their likelihood of being found
guilty was significantly less. All I know is that I wouldn’t want to
standing in Kobe’s shoes right now.
Stamkis 2007-10-09 14:13:13
From what I understand she wouldn’t get any money in a criminal case. She
would have to try the case in civil court. I think she might have a better
chance winning money in a civil case because the standard is far less.
Then again, if the state wins the criminal case, Kobe might settle with her
to avoid more legal hassles.
Oh yah, she’s set for life with movie offers and talk show options. etc. I
don’t know if she will go the public route.
Raymond decamp 2007-10-09 14:13:17
I think you are confused between criminal and civil court. A
“settlement” in a criminal proceeding means that the defendant has
copped a plea. That would not help his endorsements. If he pays her
not to testify at the criminal trial that is witness tampering and a
criminal offense. The only way Kobe can use his money (legally) is to
hire the best defense attorneys he can find.
The possible outcomes of the criminal proceeding:
– the DA drops the charges (unlikely)
– the judge dismissed the charges for lack of evidence
– Kobe pleads to something
– the trial ends with a jury verdict (assuming they do not waive the
right to a jury and go with the judge)
(I may have missed some, I’m not a laywer I just watch Law & Order.)
Diehardbosoxfa 2007-10-11 09:00:34
Good i hope he’s convicted too,then thats the end of the LA Lakers run
at a Tittle next year.But like all fames people he’ll get off you watch
with their money they can get away with s*** like that an even if he is
convicted he’ll get very little time in the penn you watch.If you dont
believe me hear are some good examples Mike Tyson,Pete Ross if that was
any of us they’d thow the book at us but being rich an fames you get
away with s*** or their punnitionment is’nt fear.
Chris o. smith 2007-10-12 12:48:21
Now you’re starting to make some sense.
Lazuli777@webt 2007-10-13 16:35:22
When you are working at a Hotel in a small town it’s not like the big
city where everyone’s ultra cynical and weary…if you had the
oppurtunity to really talk to Kobe..after work would you do it? It
doesn’t mean she had any ulterior sexual motive.
Raymond decamp 2007-11-22 01:58:05
Wrong. We are required to treat the accused as innocent until proven
guilty in legal settings. That is, a jury should assume accused’s
innocence and the burden is on the prosecution to prove guilt. The
judge is required to assume the accused innocent when making rulings,
etc., etc. You and I can consider the accused anything we want outside
of a legal proceeding. We are free to snub the products he endorses or
sit outside the courthouse with signs protesting his innocence. We can
also have pointless discussions about his guilt or innocence or the
motiviations of his accuser without being in possession of even 1% of