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Kobe Bryant

I Did NOT Fight in Church

8/16/2011 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0816-kobe-bryant-BNKobe Bryant is finally responding to allegations he scrapped in church last Sunday -- and says his accuser is flat out lying.

Kobe's attorney Mark Campbell says the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is "aware of the baseless allegations asserted against him, and is prepared to defend against them fully."

Kobe attended a church in Carmel Valley, CA on Sunday ... and allegedly grabbed a cell phone from a man he thought was trying to take photos of him and his family. The man reportedly claims his wrist was injured.

Campbell identified Kobe's accuser as Thomas Hagos.

San Diego police tell TMZ they want to question Hagos about the alleged incident before they decide if they need to talk to Kobe.


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1.

Carl    

Carmel Valley, CA is near Monterey, about 400 miles from San Diego. There is a section of San Diego called Carmel Valley, but if you sent a piece of mail with that town listed it would go to Monterey county. Learn the geography of your own state TMZ.

977 days ago
2.

Jimmdog    

Who cares. This guy is as arrogant as they come. Please go away.

977 days ago
3.

Abe    

I don't believe you, Kobe.

You are a vicious thug and belong in jail.

x

977 days ago
4.

FACT1    

GOOD GOD, GIVE THIS MAN A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sure, He was fooling around with that chick in the past, but the girl turned consent into rape, FOR MONEY. Now some idiot is stalking him in church, IN CHURCH.
Here's what it is. They know Kobe is not a gang banger. He's a nice guy that they can get some money out of him because he doesn't want to tarnish his legacy.
Kobe is like the Elvis or Michael Jackson of the NBA. He can't go or do anything without someone trying to make a buck off of him.
OH, Kobe hurt my wrist. RIGHTY OHHHHHHHHH.

977 days ago
5.

tomcruiseisNUTs    

KOBE....YOUR TRASHY

977 days ago
6.

arnie    

TMZ doing it's typical scam job of defending celebrity criminals, aww poor rapist Kobe wouldn't be violent boo hoo let's make sure we make him look innocent again

977 days ago
7.

Anonymous527496    

This guy is a liar. Soon he's gonna come out, apologize to his family and fans, and pay off this other guy to go away just like he did when he raped that other woman.

977 days ago
8.

GOOD NEWS    

Learn some respect. A man is in church with his family and you need to take his picture? Really maybe it was God twisting your wrist because you are damn confused about what his house is for! If this poor guy was praying in church instead of taking pictures he wouldn't have to worry about his wrist!

977 days ago
9.

Andrew    

what is sad about this is Kobe will probably think twice next time he wants to go to church.
People in church especially are more shady than non church goers. And, some people in church are less considerate than non church goers. This doesn't reflect Jesus Christ ability, this reflects that God always lets us choose our own path. amen

977 days ago
10.

raven    

once an entitled bully, always an entitled bully. oh, and he's a rapist, too.

977 days ago
11.

Texas-Writer    

If the guy was trying to rip off Kobe do you think he would do it in church? Kobe and his attorney are gonna have to come up with better BS than that. Maybe he'll buy this guy off with a nice big diamond like he did with his wife!

977 days ago
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tellmeaboutit     

Sure, Kobe. Everyone knows you've never lied about anything. (cough)

977 days ago
13.

Cara    

i don't like kobe, he is a good player but he's not a good person, he have issues and his wife to. sorry about my english =D

977 days ago
14.

nof    

I'm completely down with Kobe -

What's a cell phone doing IN Church?

Let alone OUT -

And being diddled-with?

POINTED at people?

Kobe & Wife shouldn't be pestered in like Church.

People should keep a respectful distance -

Make it a place where Kobe feels safe/anonymous.

Isn't this why Mel Gibson closed HIS church down?

Nof

977 days ago
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nof    

The big loser in this is going to be the church.

Should Kobe/Vanessa choose to stop going.

Church members should form a wall around their celebs.

If someone is seen in the pre-annoyance stage (cell phone).

Someone from the church needs to step in - the last thing you want is for Kobe to hafta handle this himself then face media embarrassment -

nof

977 days ago
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