ESPN Writer Gets Cussed Out By Kobe Bryant's Wife

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.

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.”
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.

Oh and in other news, there's talk about Kobe now suing the originators of the story

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)


well obvouisly she knew it was gonna be in an article. she had a notebook and everything. Plus it wasnt even anything remotely invasive or bad. Nothing kobe himself hasnt said about the kids who they choose to have at the games and in front of the media. His wife just has a few loose screws up ther

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 9:09:00 AM  

Any woman who speaks like that, especially in front of her children has no self control and no class. My friends and I who have seen her at a few of the Lakers games have seen her rolling eyes and pouting lips as she looks down her nose at others. We've sensed she's got zero self-identity and is somewhat of a doormat for her husband. Perhaps she wouldn't take things so personally if she had her own life and interests? Whatever the deal, speaking that way is just ignorance at it's best.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 9:40:00 AM  

vanessa was inappropirate but frankly you deserve it laura. who cares about kobes' kids? leave them alone. talk about kobe all you want, he is the celeb. i would say f-you as well, just not in front of my kids. try doing some real jornalism and not us magazine reporting.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 11:26:00 AM  

This story seems embellished a bit. You mean to tell me in the middle of a spit-filled, forehead vein-popping F-bomb cuss-fest, that she is going to have a split second of educated thought and say the words ".....Journalism Ethics."

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 11:31:00 AM  

The worst part is she is trying to play it off like she enjoyed the entire situation, "it was awesome". Stop being so fake. If you were so unconcerned with it, why are you blogging about it the next day. Handle it like the grown person you are, do not slander someone on your blog the next day to make yourself feel better, and to show the world what a great person you are, and what a terrible person Kobes wife is. And yes this story seems embelished, probably because someone is looking for a little more media attention by stirring up some controversy.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 11:38:00 AM  

Sounds like she's a common hood rat.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 12:46:00 PM  

Laura should just buy her a ring to get her to shut up.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 1:20:00 PM  

Laura you are wrong. just admit it. you did it for the raise...

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 2:14:00 PM  

Hey look, someone from BSPN with a piece that tries to portray Kobe and his family negatively. I am shocked and in awe.

Good luck on the career there Laura, maybe TMZ needs a new "reporter" to follow around people with real lives and see if they make the same mistakes that everyone else does. You're pathetic, I'll never take anything you write again seriously and I hope you are banned from Laker facilities for life.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 3:42:00 PM  

Laura you deserve everything she said. It seems your entire purpose in life is to try to put people in bad situations and expose them. You are just a leech, and will never get famous for anything you yourself accomplishes.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 4:34:00 PM  

Anyone siding with this sorry excuse for a reporter (which anyone can be these days with absolutley no education or skill set) is just as much an idiot. Yes,your family is going to be fodder for the media but what happens when some phsyco starts stalking or harms these kids because of a reporter putting out their business like that.Celebrity or not famous people's children should be off-limits. I like Shaun Penn's idea...when you do someone dirty and call it reporting punch 'em in the face and smash the mike and camera! Most of ESPN's reporters are taboild scum not jouralists.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 4:36:00 PM  

I just thought I'd point out that Laura's blog is no longer active (at least it wasn't when I tried.) Think the folks at ESPN suggested she take it down?

JD said...
May 27, 2008, 4:58:00 PM  

I've learned a few things from this ...

Vanessa Bryant is a total hoodrat. Not all the money in Kobe Bryant's world can take that away.

She's obviously been listening to Kobe's agent complain about it. She's not edjumocated enough to drop "journalism ethics" on anyone.

And finally, is anyone really surprised? Like my momma always says, "hoodrat is as hoodrat does".

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 8:29:00 PM  

LaurASS was so excited by the outburst directed at her. I too am excited about it. It is about time that dirt-bag reporters get to hear some feedback from their victims. Way to go Vanessa. I just wish Vanessa wouldn't have been so mild with LaurASS.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 8:34:00 PM  

Wow! What mother would do that in front of there children? You can take the broad out the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of the broad...

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 8:36:00 PM  

Get a life Laura the reporter. Next time handle it like a man or ignore her. Silly you had to use the media in an attempt for your benefit.

Anonymous said...
May 27, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

I just read a shitty blog. It was awesome. Really, I don't say wonderful words like "fantastic" to make my confidence. Only a bitch who would do that

Anonymous said...
May 28, 2008, 12:56:00 AM  

You guys are crazy, how many of you have not said fuck in front of your children? Please, everyone always try to make peopl with celebrity status the bad guys, but you know these reporters are all up on everyone's business. In my opinion Vanessa Bryant was only standing up for herself and most importantly her children, how many of you wouldn't be angry for the same reason? As far as her children hearing her say fuck you and being criticized by those of you that think it's low calss or wrong, please, yo uare all a bunch of hipocrites!!!!

Vanessa, you go girl!

Anonymous said...
May 28, 2008, 1:22:00 AM  

Read Lane's article. The part about Venessa Bryant could not have been more innocent. I don't understand how anyone who has been through what KB24's wife has dealt with could possibly be upset about something this silly.

Jeff V said...
May 28, 2008, 1:30:00 AM  

its funny the people mad at Laura for just writing a blog. It is also funny people defending Vanessa. Every journalist that covers Koby knows his wife is a chicken head and acts like one. Every person knows she curses in front of her kids and this probably is not the first or the last time. Don't be mad at Laura for blogging. Be mad at Koby for marrying a dumbass and also for boinking a Lakers girl.

Anonymous said...
May 28, 2008, 10:50:00 AM  

Vanessa either reads ESPN or she looks for herself on Google? Um, no. A friend of hers (or Kobes) probably read the article and told Vanessa about it.
And you know damn well Lane was scared during the situation.

Anonymous said...
May 28, 2008, 11:42:00 AM  

What is everyone so surprised about, Kobe is a prick so why wouldn't his wife be a bi--h. What kind of mom is she to be dropping f bombs in front of her kids...she's in the wrong!!!

Anonymous said...
May 28, 2008, 3:22:00 PM  

Three little letters my friends "PMS" Case closed.

Anonymous said...
May 28, 2008, 11:05:00 PM  

Oh...c'mon. Why are journalists (if you can call 'em that!) like Laura trying to project a holier-than-thou picture of this situation.
She obviously wrote something about Kobe's kids and violated their family's privacy. Write about the celebrity and perhaps good things about their family (if you can dig that). This is simply the "cheapest" form of journalism (read "dirty-gossip").
Laura you need to get a life! Anyone would be upset if they were betrayed and things ertr said/written about them that they fully did not consent to...What were you thinking Laura?...that Vanessa would hug you and give you a kiss....
Get a Life...and perhaps a better job.

Anonymous said...
May 31, 2008, 12:13:00 PM  

In this situation I think both woman are guilty of wrong-doing.

This reporter supposedly published an article without Vanessa's knowledge or permission which contained personal information?? I personally did not see any sensitive information in the article but what I read may not be the whole story...

In my opinion, personal and sensitive information should never be made public no matter who you are and if there was personal information included, I would have been mad as well.

And as far as Vanessa's outburst of F-bombs in front of her kids, not totally appropriate but I can see why she was so fired up. She obviously felt like she had a reason to be upset at Laura for whatever she did.

However, if Vanessa was that upset at Laura, she should have talked to Laura one on one and not started a screaming/cussing match in front of 2 innocent children.

Anonymous said...
Jun 3, 2008, 12:43:00 PM  

Okay well, they both are wrong but it's not about what the reporter did ... it's about the sheer horridness of the language that vanessa used. IN FRONT OF HER KIDS!!! She is a disgusting excuse for a mother if that's the way she talks in front of her kids. America wonders why children are tainted... it's their parents...WOW!!!!

Anonymous said...
Jun 9, 2008, 8:36:00 PM  

Regardless of what Kobe says, he is a cheating man-whore. I believe the story about the cheerleader and any other story that comes up. I have factual information from a reliable source that knows for a fact that he cheats. Before every road trip, he has his body guard pick up his 'pimp phone' so he can contact his women while in other cities. His wife is crazy to stay with him, and she is blindly supporting him..

Anonymous said...
Jun 13, 2008, 1:42:00 AM  

Venessa is hot, and she knows it.

Anonymous said...
Aug 24, 2008, 4:43:00 AM  

What a no class bimbo!

Anonymous said...
Oct 2, 2008, 12:52:00 PM  

HAHAHAHAHA, Man it is beautiful to know that two pieces of crap have each other. Kobe is garbage and so is his wife. If you believe that he is a nice person then you are just as retarded as his crazy ass wife. I've done personal security and one of my good friends was his body guard. He is garbage and as you have heard from his wife's maid, so is she.

Clos said...
May 7, 2009, 12:30:00 PM  

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