Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa Bryant comes from Mexican heritage and was born in Huntington Beach, California. She met Kobe when she was still in high school doing some music video background dancing. She’d become so bothered by the paparazzi that she finished her high school education through independent study at home. That must’ve been weird. Kobe Bryant’s parents did not approve of his marriage to Vanessa. They did not attend his wedding, citing several reason such as the two of them being too young, a lack of a prenup (duh), and the fact that she wasn’t African-American. The two have had two children together, and poor Vanessa suffered a miscarriage in 2005. That’s pretty unfortunate and painful.
So back to the lack of a prenuptial agreement between Kobe Bryant’s wife and himself. We’ve seen this before and believe it is colossally idiotic move. Honestly, it’s hard to see it any other way. With an estate and fortune as large as Kobe’s, it would be beyond financially painful to have to give up half of it. Therefore, staying together under whatever pretense you choose is understandable. Think about it- would you rather spend $4,000,000 for a ring (but stay in a severely tarnished relationship) or $75,000,000 for your personal freedom from an unhappy relationship? Well, it’s a tough situation either way.
At one point, soon after the rape trial incident, Vanessa actually filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences”. A few months later, she started showing up at his games again. The couple was even seen embracing at times (most notably with a Valentine’s Day kiss in the Staples Center tunnel). Vanessa agreed to drop the divorce suit while the pair worked on reconciling their differences (which is odd since she had previously claimed they were “irreconcilable”). Anyway, they worked their problems out and remain together to this day.
Then there was the strange lawsuit between the Bryants and their maid, Maria Jimenez. It apparently started when Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa allegedly “badgered, harassed, and humiliated” Jimenez, didn’t provide her with insurance when she had to have a cyst removed, didn’t pay her overtime, and made her put her hand in a bag of shit to get a price tag (not making it up). Anyway, the Bryants paid her two-hundred grand to drop the lawsuit. That’s a wholllle lotta’ dough for no insurance, some harsh words, and hand covered in shit.
Personally, I’ve never liked Kobe Bryant because of the glacier-sized chip that he’s carried on his shoulder since forever, but that chip seems to have been whittled down to mere table-size in the past few years (especially with his humbling current bad season). As public relations go, Kobe’s rape trial and allegations definitely did not help him. However, I do think Mr. Bryant has been misunderstood by many people over the course of his career.
I should also mention the hilarious episode that happened between Kobe Bryant’s wife and Karl Malone. I love stuff like this. So basically Karl (who was for a long time my favorite player) asked his teammate’s wife to come sit and next to him and give him a hug. She did so. Then, he asked her if she liked him. Next, she asked him why he was wearing a cowboy hat, and he replied that he was “hunting for young Mexican girls.” So Vanessa told his wife and Kobe about the incident. Kobe told him to stay away from her, and Karl did not come back for another season with the Lakers. What a goofball! The mailman says, “I gotta’ delivery ready and waiting; all you’ve got to do is sign for it!”