10. Kobe Bryant accused of rape

In 2003, the biggest, most popular basketball player in the world was accused of rape in a story that sent shock waves throughout the sports world. 

The purported case occurred after Bryant checked into a spa in tiny Eagle Country, Colorado. It was here that a 19-year-old hotel employee accused Bryant of raping her. 

Bryant, who was and still is married to Vanessa Bryant, admitted to the affair but said the sex was consensual. The case was never brought to trial as the accuser refused to testify.

She may have been under tremendous pressure. 

Before the trial even began, the accusers name was mentioned over-the-air on a L.A. radio station, (You are not allowed by law, to broadcast the name of the rape victim, who is bringing a case to trial.) and she received daily hate mail and death threats. 

And while Bryant was never charged, he did little to endear himself to his teammates or the general public during the time. During the investigation, Bryant reported told detectives in Eagle, Colorado that ¿he should have done what Shaq does and pay his women not to say anything.¿

In 2003, the biggest, most popular basketball player in the world was accused of rape in a story that sent shock waves throughout the sports world. The purported case occurred after Bryant checked into a spa in tiny Eagle Country, Colorado. It was here that a 19-year-old hotel employee accused Bryant of raping her. Bryant, who was and still is married to Vanessa Bryant, admitted to the affair but said the sex was consensual. The case was never brought to trial as the accuser refused to testify. She may have been under tremendous pressure. Before the trial even began, the accusers name was mentioned over-the-air on a L.A. radio station, (You are not allowed by law, to broadcast the name of the rape victim, who is bringing a case to trial.) and she received daily hate mail and death threats. And while Bryant was never charged, he did little to endear himself to his teammates or the general public during the time. During the investigation, Bryant reported told detectives in Eagle, Colorado that ¿he should have done what Shaq does and pay his women not to say anything.¿

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