Kobe Bryant case

Archived coverage of the sexual assault case against Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant.

October 21, 2003

Bryant to stand trial in rape case

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant will stand trial for felony sexual assault, a Colorado judge ruled yesterday, meaning the unnerving shadow hanging over the Los Angeles Lakers' season will linger for months while the five-time NBA All-Star fights charges that could result in a lifelong prison sentence.

October 16, 2003

Bryant defense goes on the offensive

EAGLE, Colo. - The second day of Kobe Bryant's preliminary hearing included a string of startling revelations challenging the credibility of the woman accusing him of sexual assault, but prosecutors expressed confidence yesterday the Los Angeles Lakers star will be ordered to stand trial.

October 15, 2003


More surprises in Bryant case likely

EAGLE, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant's court case resumes today, six days after a drama-filled, five-hour session ended in fireworks. Legal analysts are expecting more incendiary surprises from the Laker star's defense attorneys.

October 10, 2003

Detective recounts details of charge against Bryant

EAGLE, Colo. - The woman who accused Kobe Bryant of rape told police that a flirtatious encounter quickly turned ugly when he grabbed her by the neck and attacked her, repeatedly asking, "You're not going to tell anyone, right?" a detective testified yesterday.

August 7, 2003

Lakers' Bryant appears in court

EAGLE, Colo. - Seemingly oblivious to the media and fan frenzy outside the courtroom, a stoic Kobe Bryant stood yesterday before an Eagle County judge who scheduled an Oct. 9 preliminary hearing in the felony sexual assault case against him.

August 6, 2003

Bryant's hearing will be short and well covered

Over the scrub and brush of a dirt lot across from the Eagle County Justice Center, a tent city has risen.

August 6, 2003


A life not ordinary

Kobe Bryant had a stock answer when friends -- and teammates and parents -- asked why he wanted to get engaged at 21, to a girl he'd met when she was 17 and still in high school:

August 6, 2003

Stern criticizes Cuban over Bryant remark

NBA commissioner David Stern criticized Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban yesterday after Cuban said the league would benefit financially from the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case.

August 5, 2003

Scrutiny intensifies for private Bryant

NEWPORT COAST, Calif. - A thick, black tarp drapes the front iron gate of Kobe Bryant's $4.1 million Mediterranean-style home in the exclusive Ocean Ridge area.

August 5, 2003

Nutella phases out Bryant as endorser

The maker of Nutella chocolate spread said yesterday that it is phasing out endorsements from Kobe Bryant, in part because of the sexual assault charge against the NBA superstar.

August 3, 2003

NBA word to rookies: Secrets don't exist

Later this summer, LeBron James' ears are guaranteed to perk up. He'll be sitting in a room along with the rest of the NBA's rookie class, and the subject will inevitably turn to Kobe Bryant.

August 3, 2003

Virtual revenge of the jilted lover

Hester Prynne got off easy.

August 2, 2003

Bryant made call for medical assistance at his house day before he surrendered

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - Kobe Bryant called 911 the day before he surrendered to police on a sexual assault accusation and medics later treated an unidentified female at his home, officials said yesterday.

August 1, 2003

Bryant can't skip court date

A bid by Kobe Bryant to skip his first court appearance next week on a sexual assault charge was rejected yesterday by a judge in Eagle County, Colo.

July 31, 2003

Report: D.A. to argue Bryant misled police

The prosecution in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case will present evidence that sex between him and his accuser wasn't consensual and assert that the Los Angeles Lakers star misled Colorado law enforcement, ESPN.com reported.

July 27, 2003

Colorado also looks at phone threats

State investigators are looking into threats against the district attorney prosecuting Kobe Bryant.

July 26, 2003

Eagle Co. prosecutor receives death threats

The office of the district attorney who plans to prosecute Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant for felony sexual assault was locked down yesterday afternoon after a series of telephoned death threats.

July 25, 2003

What do we know about the Kobe case?

WASHINGTON - We should not jump to conclusions about the Kobe Bryant case. There's a lot we do not know about what went on in a Colorado hotel room between the Los Angeles Lakers star and the unidentified 19-year-old woman who has accused him of sexual assault.

July 24, 2003

Athletes' misdeeds back in the spotlight

KOBE BRYANT is the biggest-name professional athlete to have his name land on a police blotter in the past few weeks. But he's hardly the only one. Ten other pro football and basketball players also are squirming on the legal hot seat. They are some of the biggest names in their sport.

July 23, 2003

Friend: Bryant accuser has 'visible evidence'

EAGLE, Colo. - The 19-year-old woman who accused Kobe Bryant of sexually assaulting her had "visible evidence" of the alleged attack a week later, one of her friends said yesterday.

July 21, 2003

Laura Vecsey: Bryant's presumed innocence doesn't overshadow our guilt

WHY ARE NEWSPAPER covers and back pages filled with pictures of Kobe Bryant, biting his lips in anguish and resolve? Why is this "big news" on 24-hour news stations, when Iraq is in turmoil and the economy is in the tank?

July 19, 2003

Lakers' Bryant is charged

EAGLE, Colo. -- The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, one of the most talented and dynamic basketball players of his generation, was charged yesterday with the felony sexual assault of a 19-year-old hotel worker who came to his room at an exclusive resort and later accused him of forcing her to have sex.

July 10, 2003

Mike Preston: There's nothing marketable about the Bryant situation

ACCORDING TO some of the nation's top marketing directors, a lot more Kobe Bryant sneakers should have been sold this week. Maybe we can expect other promotions and sales soon, like "Free Kobe" T-shirts, or a new sitcom, Kobe Comes to the 'Hood.

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