Saturday , Jun , 14 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Group Criticizes Kobe Bryant for Drinking Comments

"Whine about it tonight. A lot of wine … a lot of beer, a couple of shots — maybe like 20 of them. Digest it, get back to work tomorrow. Nothing you can do," he said at a press conference Thursday night after being asked how the Lakers would bounce back from their demoralizing 97-91 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Even though a visibly upset Mr. Bryant could have been blowing off steam after one of the most frustrating losses of his career, youth leaders called his postgame comments reckless and inexcusable.

"Tongue-in-cheek or not, his comments send a terrible message to young people who see these athletes as role models," said Stephen Wallace, national chairman and CEO of SADD (formerly Students Against Driving Drunk). "I think it only adds to the terribly mixed message our society sends to young people about alcohol." [South Coast Today]