Is it safe to tell the truth about Kobe Bryant?


Can we get out now? Is it still safe to tell or write the truth? Or is it too early?

Since Kobe Bryant's sudden tragic death two weeks ago, I have thought of the many men whose careers and prestige have been destroyed or seriously affected by allegations of sexual harassment or assault over the past three years.

Below: Actors Scott Baio, Gerard Depardieu, Morgan Freeman. On TV, Tavis Smiley, Les Moonves, Matt Lauer. Well-known astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, famous chef Mario Batali, opera star Placido Domingo. Minnesota's senator / comedian, Al Franken, had to resign on charges of harassment.

Some allegations relate to alleged acts that are decades old.

Guilty as claimed? Who knows? But the accusations will chase them for the rest of their lives.

So I wonder what her thoughts are right now and in the ongoing posthumous deification of Bryant.

Two weeks after Bryant's death, it's still outrageously inappropriate to publicly say what we know: He had a downside. In 2003, he essentially had to admit that his actions were not welcomed by the 19-year-old.

A seven-year-old professional, Bryant from Colorado, was arrested for physical rehabilitation after a youthful hotel / spa employee claimed to have raped her. Bryant, married, admitted to having sex with her, but by mutual agreement.

Kobe Bryant holds the hand of his wife Vanessa as he pauses at a press conference commenting on the rape allegations against him on July 18, 2003.AP

The prosecutor's office closed the criminal case when the prosecutor decided not to testify. The civil suit was settled out of court when Bryant reached a financial settlement with his prosecutor. But Bryant had to make the following statement, which started with the following:

“First I want to apologize to the young woman who was involved in this incident. I would like to apologize to her for my behavior that night and the consequences she has suffered in the past year. "

And finished with:

"Although I really believe that this encounter was consensual, I am now realizing that she did not see the incident and see how I did it.

"After months of reviewing the discovery, listening to her lawyer, and even her personal testimony, I now feel that she didn't agree to this encounter."

Yes, just a misunderstanding. But his prepared, lawyer-approved statement was read and heard when Bryant admitted an unwanted sexual episode.

But then he just walked away. He wasn't even suspended by the NBA. He returned to the Lakers and roaring applause and Nike to sell expensive, cheaply made Kobe sneakers.

And two Sundays after his death, it's still considered a deadly, wicked, dirty sin, if you point out such a truth about a recently deceased NBA superstar. It just doesn't fit Bryant's canonization from coast to coast. And if you dare to tell the truth, look below!

Not consensual sex victim? Why should anyone care about them? Close your eyes and ears. No, firmer.

And if it is extremely inappropriate to raise this rape case, no one will be interested in returning Bryant's $ 100,000 fine in 2011 for calling an NBA referee a homosexual vulnerability.

Of course, if you don't worry about your name – Harry Truman: "I don't care what they call me as long as it's not true." And-serve myth, you wait until you are no longer able to keep the lid on a blunt, boiling truth.

So here it is: Kobe Bryant was a great basketball player who loved his kids. Many of us have half of it. But he hasn't been what he became – what the nation and most of the media insisted on – since January 26th.

For added insanity, CBS 'Gayle King was keen that CBS focused on her on-air reference to Bryant's rape case. Yes, she was caught chasing the truth.

NCAA are Masters & # 39; s of Academic Workarounds

There is no con like the latest.

The NCAA now also allows players who graduated from a previous college but are still active in sports to qualify for soccer and basketball.

When you enroll in college after graduation, you naturally become a doctoral student, supposedly looking for a master's degree. Allegedly.

Rutgers is now playing the graduate transfer game on site. Last season, he recruited quarterback McLane Carter after graduating from Texas Tech. I don't know which post-graduate courses he was enrolled in, but before Texas Tech he attended college for the incarnated word in Texas and before that, Tyler Junior College.

Akwasi YeboahRobert Sabo

Then he left Texas for Rutgers to do what? Earn his master's degree or play soccer?

This season's RU basketball team includes the Akwasi Yeboah graduate transfer.

I'm not sure if he got the opportunity to do his master's degree for a better reason than what he played for current RU coach Steve Pikiell at Stony Brook, but he's now the 6-foot-6 RU striker.

As university careers heat up, we will hear more than a few players that television people refer to as graduate transfers. Then it stays that way.

I think it goes without saying that everyone is working towards advanced degrees. But in what? How and when? Wild guess: just another loophole, another university sports fraud.

NBA is a three-person circus

Incoming! Another week of long-distance NBA Skee Ball:

On Tuesday, the pelicans fired 99 shots, 49 of them with three hands, and lost the goats with twelve points. Also on Tuesday, the rockets fired 97 shots, 60 of them – 62 percent of them – 3s.

As a TV program, only Ch. 11s Yule Log repeats itself more predictably than too many NBA games.

Maverick's 7-foot-3 shooters Kristaps Porzingis averaged 6.6 3-point attempts per game. He usually doesn't play near the basket and gives up his height advantage to achieve an average of 1.7 offensive rebounds. Luka Doncic is 6: 7 the leading rebound in Dallas.

One day, NBA teams will shoot 3s better than 2s. What's this? One day was Thursday!

As reader Joe Miegoc noted, the 76s, 11-point losers in Milwaukee were 19 from 45 (42 percent) to 3s and 18 from 54 (33 percent) to 2s.

Lose or limit the 3 and watch basketball become basketball again.

Damien Williams & # 39; later Super Bowl Touchdown continued: Friday I wrote that the retreating chiefs could and should be apologized for not having the exceptional instantaneous awareness of simply falling left and left after a first failure of 1:15 Kansas City on, 24-20.

Reader Greg Wojtusiak: “The only people who immediately noticed this game were those with 4 and 0 in their boxing pools. … not that I'm still angry. "

The Knicks hired NBA super agent "Broadway" Leon Rose to run a show that should have closed a long time ago.

Only Jimmy Dolan was impressed with how agent-to-MLB stars Brodie Van Wagenen turned the Mets.

Don't think so, every tavern in K.C. has a framed photo above the bar of the 19 nines posing in the end zone?