Bryant issues statement after dismissal
Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – The following is the text of Kobe Bryant’s
written response to the dismissal of sexual assault charges against him as
read by his attorney Pamela Mackey in court Wednesday.
“I want to apologize to her for my behavior that night and for the
consequences she has suffered in the past year. Although this year has been
incredibly difficult for me personally, I can only imagine the pain she has
had to endure. I also want to apologize to her parents and family members, and
to my family and friends and supporters, and to the citizens of Eagle,
“I also want to make it clear that I do not question the motives of this young
woman. No money has been paid to this woman. She has agreed that this
statement will not be used against me in the civil case.
“Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I
recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I
did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even
her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not
consent to this encounter.
“I issue this statement today fully aware that while one part of this case
ends today, another remains. I understand that the civil case against me will
go forward. That part of this case will be decided by and between the parties
directly involved in the incident and will no longer be a financial or
emotional drain on the citizens of the state of Colorado.”