Wednesday , Jul , 16 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant wife’s statement

Text of a statement released at the request of Vanessa Bryant, through her husband’s attorneys, Harold A. Haddon and Pamela Robillard Mackey, and his agent Rob Pelinka, after the Los Angeles Lakers star was charged with sexual assault in Colorado:

Kobe Bryant wife's statement

I know that my husband has made a mistake – the mistake of adultery.

He and I will have to deal with that within our marriage, and we will do so. He is not a criminal. I know that he did not commit a crime, he did not assault anyone.

He is a loving and kind husband and father. I believe in his innocence.

Because I know him to be innocent, I will stand by him and we will face this together. I will give him all the strength and support he needs to face these false accusations. I will not let him face these accusations alone.

I know Kobe better than anyone. The great person you see on the court and in the public is a far greater person off the court.

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