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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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well, i guess he should have kept it in his pants-------but oh no-------Hes too famous for that, too bad so sad....Vanessa needs protection also, she will be raising her children, need money for that.................

1016 days ago


If he hadn't cheated she wouldn't be divorcing him....
Oh, and as for her "ex-stepfather", he needs to stop badmouthing her mother. After all, she stayed married to him for 3 more years that she had to get those payments!

1016 days ago


Get yours girl! Don't get married if you want to sleep around. And for her ex step pig. Get over it. wonder if that six year old mom was part of his divorce. Stop being pigs.

1016 days ago


Want a little cheese with that whine? Crybaby. Sounds like sour grape to me........

1016 days ago

Thurston Howell III    

Two lazy, leeching gold diggers. I've seen the mother walking around Staples Center with a L.V. handbag, showing it off, acting like she owns the place.

Mr. Laine and Kobe: you have both been taken by two POS women who have no intention of ever doing an honest day's work in their lives. I suggest that Mr. Laine go back to court. There is no reason why his ex wife can't work at Wal Mart to support herself, especially since she has been living off Kobe's money for years and years.

1016 days ago


Someone sure sounds bitter.

1016 days ago


The person who stepped outside the marriage was Kobe, not her. You don't make promises to someone if you have no intention of keeping them. Waiting for the "long term marriage" benefit was smart considering she probably knew it was over when he dipped his wick in Colorado. It was a matter of her taking care of herself until the timing was right. Kobe could have fixed it, he didn't. Now it's time to pay. You might have your own little way of doing things in Hollywierd, but at the end of the day, the lawyers will bring you back to reality. So, get ready to hand over some serious cash Kobe, you earned it.

1016 days ago


You know what, you men get what you pay for. When you pick 'em solely for their looks and not for their values or personality don't complain later when they take you to the cleaners. The same holds true for the women who only marry for money. Not every "gold" is worth digging.

1016 days ago


I don't feel sorry for Kobe or Vanessa. Kobe should have had more respect for his wife and marriage. Vanessa is not a victim. She signed off on the cheating when she decided to stay married to Kobe for 10 1/2 years with her eyes wide open about the cheating. No pity for either party.

1016 days ago


Men complaining about having to pay for the babies they help make........

1016 days ago

Jay W.     

I believe you Mr. Laine. Yes indeed.... I do believe you.

1016 days ago


Should have stopped reproducing, ain't ex's responsibility to support your children WEAR A CONDOM! Tonto

1016 days ago


Dear Vanessa,
When you take a multi-million dollar ring from your man for sticking by him after he raped someone, you are pretty much setting the tone for the whole rest of your relationship. Silly girl...
It Doesn't Take Money to Have Seen This Coming

1016 days ago

Thurston Howell III    

Kobe needs to kick the ex mother-in-law of his house! Fend for yourself Sophia & stop leeching off of Kobe and your ex-husband.

1016 days ago


Cheater, gold digger, whatever, its how lots of people roll in pro athletics where there is a ton of $$$ to be wasted. BTW, if her ex-stepfather can't afford to support his 6YO daughter, he and that baby mama shouldn't have had that one either! A gentleman never complains about matters of family support. He just does the right thing.

1016 days ago
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