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Kobe mad at Karl for how he treated Vanessa Bryant

Discussion in 'Professional Basketball' started by jimotis4heisman, Dec 12, 2004.

  1. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=1944994

    Sunday, December 12, 2004

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    ESPN.com news services
    <!-- template inline --><!-- insertinlineAd -->LOS ANGELES -- The Kobe Bryant-Karl Malone feud has turned personal, with Bryant accusing Malone of making a pass at his wife at a game.



    <!-- BEGIN INLINE UNIT -->"He was like a mentor,brother to me, so when something like that happens, you're upset, you're hurt," Bryant said Sunday night before the Los Angeles Lakers played the Orlando Magic.



    Malone has been recuperating from knee surgery, and last Tuesday his agent said he didn't plan to return to the Lakers because of comments Bryant made in a radio interview. Bryant spoke about the Lakers having to look over their shoulders, wondering whether Malone was going to play again.



    Malone's agent, Dwight Manley, said then that Malone was furious at Bryant, and also said private, personal attacks were involved, but would not elaborate.



    Bryant elaborated plenty on Sunday.



    He said he had phoned Malone, who has a home near Bryant's in Newport Beach, after Vanessa Bryant told her husband on Nov. 23 that Malone had made inappropriate comments to her that night at the game at Staples Center.



    Bryant said he called Malone and told him, "Stay away from my wife. What's wrong with you? How could you?"



    Malone was unavailable for comment Sunday.



    The Los Angeles Times reported Vanessa Bryant invited Malone to bring his child to where she was seated during the Lakers' game against the Bucks last month. Malone, seated courtside and wearing cowboy boots and a hat, obliged.



    Malone and Vanessa Bryant hugged, Manley told the Times. Then Vanessa Bryant asked Malone, "Hey, cowboy, what are you hunting?" Manley said.



    "She said it twice," Manley told the Times, "and Karl answered the second time, 'I'm hunting for little Mexican girls.' "



    Manley, however, told the Times: "Karl wants to give you two messages. He never hit on Vanessa, nor would he. In fact, when he first heard (the accusations), he said, 'You have to be kidding me.' As for the comments he made to her that offended her personally, he told both her and Kobe that night that he apologized."



    Manley told The Associated Press that Malone said he had never made a pass at Bryant's wife, and that he initially was surprised at the accusation.



    "Karl's response to Kobe's comments {Sunday} is that he's a basketball player and not a soap opera actor and he doesn't intend to be involved in a personal soap opera,'' Manley told the AP.



    Bryant said he obviously was surprised by Malone's remarks to his wife.



    "The comments that he said, I don't know any man in this room that wouldn't be upset about that," Bryant said in the Lakers' locker room. "The past month, myself, my wife, (Malone's wife) Kaye, we've had fun together.



    "We've been out to their house, just joking around, giving each other a hard time, just clowning, being sarcastic with one another, baby-sitting kids and all that."



    Asked if there could have been a misunderstanding, Bryant said, "What he said is what he said. I believe in my heart that it wasn't a misunderstanding.



    "My wife wasn't going to stand for it. She felt uncomfortable being around him to the point that she felt she had to call his wife and tell her."



    Bryant said Malone didn't deny making the comments, and told him during their phone conversation, "Aw, you know, I'm sorry if I said anything that was out of line."



    Malone, 41, told the Lakers on Oct. 1 he was still recovering from arthroscopic surgery he underwent three months earlier on his right knee and wasn't ready to play. But he didn't rule out returning at some point this season or beyond.



    Malone, the second-leading scorer in NBA history, opted out of his $1.65 million contract following last season, making him a free agent.



    Despite his obvious anger toward Malone, Bryant said he would be able to separate his personal feelings if Malone should rejoin the Lakers.



    "If he could come back and play for us and help us out, I'm happy to embrace him as a teammate," Bryant said. "But only as a teammate."



    Bryant is the defendant in a civil lawsuit accusing him of rape. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for pain, scorn and ridicule the woman says she has suffered since her encounter with Bryant at the Vail-area resort where she worked in June 2003.
     
  2. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

    Kobe, quit being such a whiny bitch and play ball. Just thank your lucky stars you don't play with Wilt Chamberlain. Karl just made a pass at your wife. Wilt would've done bagged your wife, and anyone else you've ever banged.
     
  3. OH10

    OH10 *

    Hmm... Whereever and whoever Kobe is connected with, there is drama. And Shaq and Malone are the problem? Kobe's a premadonna, and he needs to start talking more about basketball and less about first-ballot Hall of Famers.
     
  4. methomps

    methomps an imbecility, a stupidity without name

    Perfectly understandable. Malone's attempted infidelity represents everything Kobe opposes.
     
  5. exhawg

    exhawg Mirror Guy Staff Member

    I'm sad to see that MoC disease is contagious. Shut the hell up and play the game Kobe! :p
     
  6. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Where is Bill Laimbeer or Rick Mahorn when need them??
     
  7. BuckeyeSkins

    BuckeyeSkins Go Bucks/Hail to the Redskins!!

    He didn't appear to be so concerned about his wife when he was in Colorado.
     
  8. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    All I can say is, "Fuck Kobe Bryant". I hope his "little chiquita" divorces his ass and takes everything.
     
  9. Alan

    Alan Banned

    you know why this is total b.s.......everyone knows that malone only likes the white ladies...

    i hope kobe has herpes symplex 9 and his nuts are now nothing more than minature raisins....
     
  10. aglickman

    aglickman Hewlett Harbor Buck

    If his wife does leave him which she won't she will get half of everything - Vanessa his wife did NOT sign a PRE NUP. The reason she didnt was when Kobe started dating her she was 17 years old - her father is one of the biggest lawyers in California and explained to Kobe that he was 19 and she was 17 so if and when you do get married she will not sign a Pre NUp at all. Oh God I am sure he will have to buy her another $1,000,000 gift - what a loooser this kid - please get me out of the purple and gold
     
  11. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    It was actually a $4 million dollar gift. A ring to be exact.
     
  12. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

    IF true... the nerve of Malone not treating Vanessa with the same respect that Kobe gives to all women Kobe meets...

    Karl should have been the gentleman Kobe is, bent her over and nailed her right there... with his hands around her throat...

    But noooooooo... Karl is not a gentleman... instead he makes inapproriate comments... several...
     

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