Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Laura Lane is a writer for ESPN The Magazine online and she recently wrote a piece that had a few quotes from Vanessa Bryant. Well Ms. Bryant was apparently unaware that those quotes were going to end up online and she let Ms. Lane have it this past Friday night. Via Lane's personal blog....
Last night, I got cussed out by Vanessa Bryant. Seriously. At the Lakers game. In front of her kids. In front of the Lakers locker room. It was awesome. She is mad about an article I wrote where I mentioned her. That means one of two things - she either reads the ESPN blog or she has herself on Google alerts. Both are fantastic.Wow. That's a pretty intense conversation to have in front of your kids, but I'm not one to tell someone how to raise their family. Lane also goes on to say that she might have been upset about the current (unsubstanited) rumors about her husband and that Vanessa Bryant "took it out on" her.
So as I’m walking out of the Lakers locker room after some post-game interviews with the players, I pass Vanessa, who is sitting outside the locker room as usual with her two girls.
“Laura!” she screams (yes, she apparently knows my name). “Fuck you! You fucking bitch!”
“Excuse me?” I say, completely baffled as I look around me to see if there is someone else named Laura. No, there’s not.
Her daughters – ages 5 and 2 – are sitting next to her on the bench looking at their mom as she screams.
“Fuck you! How dare you write about me and my daughters and their schedule! You didn’t say you were writing an article! Fuck you! You fucking bitch. You have no journalism ethics! Fuck you! You bitch - ”
I just stare at her. I’ve heard many stories about her from reporters, but this was unbelievable. Two of my friends from the LA Times told me how she cussed out one of them last season, because he said hi to her daughter. “Join the club, this means you’ve arrived,” said one reporter when word spread of my run-in with Vanessa. “She’s insane,” said another. “Everyone knows it.”
Oh and in other news, there's talk about Kobe now suing the originators of the story Dirty.com.
I Got Cussed Out By Kobe Bryant's Wife (The Fast Lane)
Reporting From The Staples Center (ESPN The Mag)
Kobe Willing to Sue Over Rumors of Affair (Fanhouse)