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Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:05 am
 
By Matt Moore

Kobe Bryant apparently attended church at St. Therese at Carmel in Carmel Valley on Sunday. At one point, he apparently thought a man was snapping photos of him on his cellphone. And that's where things get hazy. From 10News in San Diego:
Sources told 10News Bryant was attending a church service at St. Therese of Carmel in Carmel Valley Sunday and thought someone was taking pictures of him with a cellphone.

According to police, Bryant took the phone from the man, did not see any pictures and then left the church.

The man claims he injured his wrist in the incident and had to go to the hospital for treatment.
via Man Claims NBA Star Bryant Injured Him At Local Church - San Diego News Story - KGTV San Diego.

Already, the claims of the man just looking for money are out there, but the police being involved is a little bit higher of a concern, as is the fact that sources beyond the injured man are cited in the report. This could very well be the last we hear of the incident if police conclude there's nothing to it. If it does continue though, it could be a headache for Bryant. 

Because, you know, he really hasn't had enough trouble in the past fourteen years. 

Here's a question. Doesn't Bryant have protection, in terms of bodyguards? Wouldn't they be the best to take care of this situation? Is there a reason Bryant himself is confronting anyone, if the allegations are true?

Well, it's Kobe. So that means the comments should alternate with premature defense and attacks on his character over an uncomfirmed incident.  

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Comments

Since: Oct 30, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

...he was FREE to photo who he wanted, I was FREE to react. Anyone willing to invade another's privacy, thinking they are FREE, should recognixe the FREE right consequences.

By that definition of free, then drug dealers are free to sell drugs, murderers are free to kill people, and rapists are free to violate who they wish. Freedom to do something does not mean legal to do something. We are all agents of freewill. Fortunately, there are laws that protect people from individuals who exercise too much freewill.





Since: Aug 23, 2008
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

I would have pressed charges and made you buy me a new phone. He may have taken pics, but you destroyed the evidence. You would have been charged with destruction of property if he called the Cops



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

I was at a water park with Family. A grown man took photos of my young niece. I took the phone smashed it and soo wanted him to do something, he left in fear as I told others who wanted to know what was happening.  He was lucky to get outta there. To "marionc" or "moronc" yeah he was FREE to photo who he wanted, I was FREE to react. Anyone willing to invade another's privacy, thinking they are FREE, should recognixe the FREE right consequences.



Since: Oct 30, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

According to police, Bryant took the phone from the man, did not see any pictures and then left the church.

If there were no pictures there exists the possibility that the man wasn't taking pictures of Kobe at all. Outside of Kobe's initial perception, it would seem that Kobe's privacy wasn't violated at all. Although its difficult to make any case given that the facts are limited in this article. Kobe has the absolute right to protect his privacy within the limits of the law. dogfight02 pointed out several legal methods to protect his privacy. Kobe should especially be allowed to worship in peace, free from any interruption.
Kobe also has a responsibility to follow the law himself. If he put his hands on someone because of a perceived offense that turned out to be untrue, then he should face the consequences. In any case, this seems less about paparazzi and more about an ill-conceived perception of privacy violation.






Since: Aug 18, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

Excellent post! For a minute I thought he was an usher who hurt his back when Kobe put that heavy check in the collection plate. He better not claim being a Christian and suing another!



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

First of all, Kobe, or anyone for that matter, has no right to take someone elses phone, no matter what they think they are doing with it. They are in public and every phone has a camera. The fact that he found no photos makes this even more obvious. Now theres no reason to get up in arms over this, probably nothing happened. BUT if it's not yours, keep your hands off it. Just because it annoys you doesn't mean you have the right to take it.

AS for him suing? GO FOR IT. Athletes hold out for more money all the time and they already have made millions. If they are dumb enough to lay a hand on a regular dude, he has every right to try to sue them. Remember, if they did nothing wrong, there's nothing to be afraid of. If I ever got in an altercation with a professional athlete, I wouldn't throw any punches but I would pray to get punched in the face...one payday from one of them would set me up for life.

Don't touch other random people in an alarming or aggressive way and you will never have to deal with something as stupid as this 



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

"...and I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and fuuuurrrrrious anger those would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers..."



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

@Chattmandu76 -- Wow! I wonder what the sermon was on that day?

It would be sweet irony if the sermon in church that day reflected on respect for the sanctity of God's house and the dangers of idol worship.  Rumor has it, though, that Kobe Bryant's favorite Gospel reading is the one about the woman caught in adultery (when Jesus says that the one among the people who is without sin should cast the first stone).

But seriously -- how can someone famous be expected to go to church if people will turn into papparazi even there?  Anyone who sees a public figure in a church or restaurant and thinks it's an invitation to start taking pictures needs to have a little work on their head.  (I hear implanting a camera in their skull can sometimes set them straight, though.)




Since: Oct 30, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

The man claims he injured his wrist in the incident and had to go to the hospital for treatment.

Before anyone jumps to conclusions about whether someone is hurt or not, remember it doesn't take much to injure someone. One thing I remember very clearly, from some of the training I received in the Marines, is how fragile the human body is. The training really put things in perspective. It does not take that many pounds of pressure to break a wrist let alone sprain one. I am not saying I agree that the man is hurt or isn’t. I am just saying that before anyone says he is faking it for money; realize that he could actually be injured. Besides, if he reads his Bible, there are some pretty specific passages that deal with believers bringing lawsuits against other believers.





Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 16, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Report: Bryant allegedly injures man in church

You are so wrong it's not even funny. And that's not my opinion, it's a fact. If you'd like to pretend that Kobe Bryant is allowed the prviacy you and I have then go right ahead, but that's not reality. The reality of the situation is Kobe Bryant is not oly a famous person but one of the most famous athletes in the world today. It's noteven close to realistic that a person is just going to walk into a church and nobody is going to care.... that's semi retarded logic.


Since reading comprehension is obviously not one of your strong suits, I'll break it down a step further. I also with refrain from using offensive and ignorant comments like "retarded" so hopefully this will be a two step learning process for you.

Kobe has the right to privacy regardless of his level of popularity. Any argument against that right can also come with the assumption you don't live in this country.  That being said, what Kobe does to protect that right is completely up to him. If he chooses to hire 6 bodyguards to accomplish this privacy, than so be it, that is also his right. A large fence around his home, secluded "private property", vehicles with dark tented windows, exclusive restaurant reservations or private entry in and out of hotels are all with his right to privacy. I don't expect Kobe not to be recognized and drawn to, but that's not all what I said. You understand that right???


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