Kobe Bryant charged with felony sexual assualt

From ESPN

I have the funny feeling this will boil down to one of those "date rape" type of incidents, where the line between consensual and assualt are very blurry.

The fact that Kobe committed adultry is a real shame. The kid''s had his head screwed on straight about most things, and because of that, definitely deserves the benefit of the doubt.

I don''t think Kobe is the rapist type. This is where his squeaky clean image will really help him out. Because, as Mike Tyson and Allen Iverson know, having a lot of ''street cred'' when you are accused of a crime is not a good thing.

I hope he''s innocent. There are too many thugs in the NBA already. Having Kobe fall from grace the same year the Admiral retires would dramatically reduce the number of positive role models playing hoops.

Well, that depends if he''s had a prior history of this behavior that nobody knows about. Remember that OJ''s prior history of spousal battery didn''t really come to public attention until the murders.

""Fighting back tears, Bryant said he was guilty only of adultery.""

Well, that''s all he had to say for me to lose any sympathetic feelings for him.

Hey Rat Boy, here''s why I ignore your polling data:

http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnation/polling?event_id=321&partnersite=espn

This was linked from the MSN Headline: ""Vote: Is Kobe Guilty?""

There comes a point where giving the public a feeling of interactivity is a bit too much, like polling people on matters of fact.

Remember that 65% of the American people thought Saddam was dead at one point. If we could only have made it past 80%, maybe he would''ve dropped...

Do I ever quote those ""online polls"" which end up amounting to just showing off the political leanings of the web site readers, who end up reading the web sites because they lean a certain way? No, I don''t, and there''s always the caveat ""this poll is not scientific.""

Answer me this, ral, have you ever taken a course in statistics?

Do I ever quote those ""online polls"" which end up amounting to just showing off the political leanings of the web site readers, who end up reading the web sites because they lean a certain way?

No, you quote polls by major media outlets which end up amounting to just showing off the poitical leanings of the pollsters and media sources that commission them...

Answer me this, ral, have you ever taken a course in statistics?

I sure have, although it was a long time ago. Helps me well in spotting BS in the statistical arguments you try to make.

96% of all statistics are made up.

The interesting thing about this news tells quite a tale about the state of the NBA.

Most people interviewed in LA are supportive of Kobe and feel its out of character for him.

However, noone is surprised. Many have said that they have come to expect adultery and other self destructive behavior from NBA superstars. I would assume similar numbers would have the same feelings for top athletes in other sports and hollywood and music stars.

Fame may not be all its cracked up to be...

I concur with Mojo''s sentiments almost to a tee.

So did you see that the girl''s pic, address, and phone number leaked out on the web this weekend?

I saw her. A typical leggy blonde girl those athlete types go for.

Do you have a link?

I really shouldn''t...to protect her privacy and all.

Oh what the hey. . .

http://www.nohedidnt.com/disc5_frm.htm

Fish around the discussion board, there is a topic about ""link"".

Look fast I don''t know how long it will be up.

Should''ve figured they''d have had something like that up already.

Edit: And since she''s over 18, her right to privacy goes out the window. Whether or not the media chooses to reveal her identity is up to them.

His wife is far prettier...

What was he thinking?