“I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can’t win championships. If you’re sacrificing time away from my family and myself for the benefit of winning championships, then winning a championship should happen every single year.”
Okay, consider me fascinated with Vanessa Bryant, wife to basketball star Kobe Bryant. She’s knows what matters! Championship rings over wedding rings!
So, background: Vanessa filed for divorce nine months ago, following rumors that Kobe had cheated on her. Again, if you count the time that Kobe was accused of raping a woman in a Colorado hotel room — he said the sex was consensual and charges were eventually dropped. However, Vanessa told NYMag.com’s The Cut that the couple is “working on things.” Remember when all it took for her to stand by Kobe during the rape allegations was an 8.5 carat diamond ring? I wonder what kind of gifts she gets when Kobe comes home from a losing streak on the road? The Lakers should make her an honorary assistant coach. She could be really motivational. [NYMag.com via Dlisted]
Just a week after the NBA fined Kobe Bryant a cool $100,000 for calling a ref a “f**king fa**ot” during a game, the Lakers filmed a PSA reminding fans “Words Can Be Hurtful.” The low-budget vid stars Kobe, Lamar Odom and other b-ballers telling us the world is a “special” place because peeps have all kinds of races, ethnicities, political beliefs, and sexual orientations. It ends with Kobe imploring you to have some compassion and understanding for others.
What a great video — I only wish it hadn’t taken a $100,000 mistake for it to be made.
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Sometimes when we try something new, it becomes blatantly clear that we’ll never turn the activity into a profession. I learned this when I took a pole dancing class in 2008. After a few minutes of instruction, I painfully admitted that I didn’t have the coordination or muscle tone to go sliding down a stripper pole using only my butt cheeks to hold me. That might be a little TMI, but my point is that I hope Kobe Bryant doesn’t take his Los Angeles Times Magazine editorial as a sign that he should dabble in modeling. I can’t really put my hand on it, but something is off in these two pics. Maybe it’s the fact that Kobe’s signature dome is covered. Or maybe it’s his hard Blue Steel face on the left and the softer Blue Steel on the right that’s making these photos mediocre. There’s no believable emotion, and any good model will say that’s a necessary element for a publishable photo. But I will say kudos to Kobe for trying something he wasn’t born to do. [Los Angeles Times Magazine] Keep reading »