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Learning from Kobe's Divorce

Marriage Is a Scam, UNLESS ...

12/20/2011 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Kobe Bryant's divorce and future spousal support payments triggered a nasty debate -- is marriage just a scam designed to dupe men out of their hard-earned money?

Plus, Vanessa Bryant's ex-step dad joins us, and insists Vanessa's mother taught her how to be a gold digger! Parents, married people, singles, callers and TMZers -- everyone's pissed off today.

You gotta see it!

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(0:00) Vanessa Bryant's ex step father Stephen Laine not only calls her a gold-digger ... he calls into the show to back up his claim.
(4:50) Laine says Vanessa learned it all from her mommy.
(8:10) Does Laine think Vanessa waited to file for divorce until the 10 year mark in order to hit the jackpot?
(9:50) Laine says he warned Vanessa about marrying a pro athlete. 
(21:00) Jason breaks down divorce law -- officially igniting the marriage/divorce debate in the newsroom.
(25:00) In case the legal jargon is too much -- Jason explains divorce law in California using a "Mad Men" reference.
(26:15) Max has a simple answer for everything.
(42:10) Mike goes to bat in the name of marriage.
(44:30) Max agrees with the "spiritual" side of marriage -- but says it's all just about money and contracts now.
(45:45) Christie comes in swinging -- because the guys are "driving me crazy" with all the anti-marriage talk.

66 COMMENTS

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1.

Annie     

Vanessa Bryant deserves what she is getting. She was more than forgiving of Kobe's mis-steps in their marriage.

956 days ago
2.

Areader    

Vanessa Bryant's getting what she deserves! She has stood by Kobe since she was 17, how much more of Kobe's cheating ways should she stand by for and look the other way.

It's sad that their marriage is ending, however, one would think Kobe could have saved their marriage at one point!

956 days ago
3.

Seriously Annoyed    

She wanted a divorce years ago but waited until they were married 10 years. Coincidence, I don't think so! Not that he's right for his wrong doings, but I'm sick of women using themselves and their children to get money out of rich men. Sick!

956 days ago
4.

Dennis    

I'm not defending Kobe's actions in the least by this statement, but can someone tell me why we still have a law where someone is paid "spousal support" for the rest of their life, just because they were married for 10 years? If women claim to be so independent, then why do we still have Alimony laws in this country? Doesn't alimony contradict the notion that women don't need men or that they're truly independent? What is the benefit for a man, to get married? I believe we should have a proposition in this state that either aims at ending Alimony laws, or makes it mandatory for couples to get a pre-nup before they are allowed to wed.

956 days ago
5.

Meg    

Do you think women will still flock to Kobe as if his rocky relationship/scandals never happened?

956 days ago
6.

mebrat24    

Could be her pay back because she won't need the cash to live on. If you can't keep it in your pants this is what you get.

956 days ago
7.

ExtraKetchup    

Who starts these things? - Idiots.

How does it keep happening? - Idiots that believe the idiots who started it and spread it around to all of the idiots they know. Thus begins a chain of idiocy.

956 days ago
8.

charles    

can you comment on Ryan Braun MLB

956 days ago
9.

Celebrities Suck    

I don't believe Terrence Howard, if this was true why did he stay with her for so many years? Maybe his ex wife Lori McCommas should come to her defense because he once punched his ex wife Lori McCommas in the face read the article below.

http://www.celebritysmackblog.com/2009/02/19/add-terrence-howard-to-the-wife-beater-list/


This douche bag is using his celebrity power to turn things around and make his current soon to be ex wife look like the bad one. He's abusive.


Howard also was arrested for assaulting a Continental Airlines flight attendant after refusing her request to return to his seat because the seat belt sign was on

956 days ago
10.

Sultry    

Vanessa deserves the pay off. He took her from her mother's home and married her. He provided the only standard of living as an adult. She was a mother (albeit with help) and housewife (albeit with help). She lived well she should continue that life style. Don't cheat and lie!

956 days ago
11.

sPaNkdEnALgAs    

she deserves it

956 days ago
12.

ohyesidid    

She deserves every penny. She put up with his dumb a** for a long time. He was getting his all along, now she's going to get hers. My mom put up with my dad's cheating ways and all she got out of it was bankruptcy while he went on his way with a new life, and wife. YOU GO VANESSA!

956 days ago
13.

charley    

KOBE IS A (P)......RICK...A CHEATING AZZ OLE...SO YES SHE SHOULD GET WHAT SHE WANTS AND DESERVES...AZZ OLES LIKE KOBE SHOULD NEVER GET MARRIED...AFTER ALL THEY HAVE CHEATING ON THEIR BRAINS FROM THE MOMENT THEY SAY I DO.

956 days ago
14.

Different Rules Apply    

Marriage is a contract. He violated it (more than once), not her. She gets half, that's the law. Go girl. Use the cash to find a faithful husband and live happily ever after.

956 days ago
15.

aquanet    

Sorry it was HIS CHOICE to cheat. He must have thought that cat must have been worth losing half if he was dumb enough to cheat with so much to lose. Plus he dodged abullet with that rape case and if THAT didn't teach him anything he will never learn.

If he were my husband, and I had been living with it for 6-8 years, I would wait it out to 10 and not even leave him with the roll of toilet paper in the bathroom. He can wipe his ass with our divorce papers for all I would cae.

956 days ago
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