Tuesday , Jun , 19 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Kobe Bryant Video-Tirade To Be Released Later This Week

The Bryant-Laker saga just took another twist … Apparently, a video of Bryant knocking GM Mitch Kupchak and Andrew Bynum will be soon be available for fans to purchase … Will this force the Lakers to speed up their plans to trade Bryant? … Click here for this story ….

Rich Hammond, a writer with the Whittier Daily News, reports that a compromising video of Kobe Bryant bad-mouthing the Lakers will be available for purchase later this week:

Alert the paparazzi. If Kobe Bryant’s trade-me, trade-me-not public drama didn’t already resemble something out of the Paris Hilton playbook, there’s now a scandalous video tape of Bryant on the market.

The latest twist in the saga is a 24-second, profanity-peppered clip in which Bryant reportedly reiterates his desire to be traded and derides Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and center Andrew Bynum.

Want to see it? Well, get ready to hand over two dollars to some guys on the Internet.

The video, apparently captured by a group of friends who happened upon Bryant outside a Newport Beach shopping center, represents the latest evolution of celebrity exploitation and Bryant fascination.

 In the clip, reportedly culled from a 15-minute conversation in late May or early June and shortly after Bryant publicly expressed his frustration with the Lakers and his trade demand, Bryant speaks freely on camera and mocks the Lakers’ decision not to trade Bynum for a player such as Jason Kidd.

Videos of starlets in all sorts of compromising positions have become prevalent on the Internet in recent years, but sports figures seem to have been immune to this type of pay-per-view sensationalism.

The Bryant video already has attracted widespread attention, even though only a brief snippet of it is available online. Its creators have chosen to remain anonymous but have dubbed themselves "The Kobe Video Guys" and promise to make the video public after they have pre-sold 500,000 copies online.

Why that number? They claim a Lakers fan, seeking to keep the video private, has offered them $100,000 for its rights, so they want to ensure they will make at least that much money by making it public.

"I personally think we’re going to make more money this way," a purported spokesman for the group told The New York Times. "I think people want to see it."

According to the spokesman, the video will be available to its purchasers by the end of the week, even though the video is not yet available for purchase on the Web site established by the videographers.

The video’s creators have been shopping it to news organizations to no avail. In it, Bryant seemingly deepens the rift between himself and the Lakers. It’s 24 seconds of controversy for two dollars.

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