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Vanessa Bryant's Ex-Step Dad

She's JUST LIKE Her Gold-Digging Mom

12/20/2011 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
should have known his soon-to-be ex-wife would take him to the cleaners in their divorce ... because she learned the wallet-raiding playbook from her mother ... so says Vanessa's ex-step dad.

TMZ spoke with Stephen Laine -- an inventory manager for a food company who was married to Vanessa's mother from 1990 to 2003 ... and helped raise Vanessa from a child into adulthood.

Laine tells us, "Her mother taught her well to wait for the ten-year mark [before divorcing]."

He explains, "In California ... it's considered a long term marriage and then she gets paid for life or until she remarries ... just like her mother is doing to me."

Laine continues, "I have to pay her mom $1,800 every month and clearly they don’t need it."

Sources close to Vanessa tell us ... Kobe's soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law is currently living in one of the BBaller's mansions ... and we're told Vanessa is very good to her.

Laine gripes, "I have a six-year-old daughter and that money could be used toward her college fund or something ... you'd think she'd care ... but no, she's spiteful."


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Michael Jackson Was A Pedo    

Hope she contracts HIV just like Michael Jackson had for years before he died.

949 days ago

Pittsburgh's Finest    

Sorry Kobe, your dad was right on this one. The next time around think with your mind and not your d*ck.

949 days ago


A player + 10 = paying......Kobe bought her a 4 mil diamond to try and keep her & make his image look good during his scandal...now she will get paid well for his cheating ways for 10 yrs. The girl is not a dummy. He on the other hand, obviously did not learn a thing.

949 days ago


Why would you even give this POS ex step father the time of day ? The law is what it is. Yea, blame the girl who put up with a rapist womanizer. You people are pathetic.

949 days ago


Her, I understand. It's OBVIOUS she married him for $$$$$. She was smart, and patient, had kids and "lived the life" on HIS dime for a decade, and NOW she decides she's tired of it? Are we really supposed to swallow (like, no doubt, she does)that she wasn't aware the whole time. Gimme a break. What I do NOT get, is what pu**y is worth 50+million bucks?!!!? She's NEVER looked like wifey material, more like the wh0re you keep in a Century City condo and let her drive your 8 year old Mercedes C-class.

949 days ago


Poor guy. Can't he go to a judge with his story? Say she's living in mansion while he has a 6-year daughter and works for a living. If that's the case, Hell awaits someone like that.

949 days ago


Kobe needs to stop!!! he cheated on her from the very start... He clearly has an issue, and if she wanted the money- she would have left him years ago, but probably wanted it to work for the sake of the kids.

949 days ago


You guys love to bash the women but when it comes to the punanny you are whipped and can't think straight and it's the woman's fault. Forget about the NBA lock out. Women should wake up and initiate a punanny lock out and then you men might wake up and appreciate what a gift women are. You bitch and complain about women but can't live without us when it comes down to it because you want someone to screw and to be your surrogate mommies because your a bunch of spoiled, cheating, losers. nuff said!

949 days ago


Though I do disagree that she's just a gold-digger. She was Kobe's "high school sweetheart", married him, and, from what I can tell, was totally faithful to him. Kobe is the cheating POS sc*mbag!

949 days ago


It's simple you play you pay!!!!

949 days ago


I say this man is all sour grapes. Ive never heard of this girl doing malicious stuff to Kobe....its always been the other way around. As far as being with him & taking half in the divorce, I consider that restitution for all her pain and suffering

949 days ago


Seriously. So a guy can screw around behind his wife's back and dump her for another hot piece of tail leaving her with nothing and its ok? Or worse yet, leaves her just a few months shy of that 10 yr mark (yes I'm looking at you Tommyboy) and its ok?

Once the bastard cheated on her, he allowed the game to be played, and obviously she set the final checkmate move at 10 yrs. Was that gold digging? Heck no, that was smart. I'm sure he didn't realize it was up. If I was a woman married to someone with money (remember, they both were married during most of his playing years and didn't get monster contracts until after they were married) then yes, I'd expect to be treated nicely. its not ok for a cheating ass to get off scott free leaving the woman with nothing. You did the crime, you do the time.

and let's not forget that Kobe was 21 when he started dating her, and she was 17.

949 days ago


HA HA... Thats what his punk azz get!! These dudes play stupid and think these women want them. They want your money dude!! If you didnt' have any they would not look at you twice. checkmate Kobe!!

949 days ago


Money brings out the best in everyone

949 days ago


That's what he gets for cheating on her. I hope she takes everything he has, he deserves it.

949 days ago
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