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Kobe Bryant

Hoping to Reconcile

... for the Sake of the Kids

12/24/2011 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe and Vanessa Bryant
Kobe Bryant has NOT given up on saving his marriage ... and sources close to the family tell us his two daughters are playing a major role in his effort to reconcile ... TMZ has learned.

We're told Kobe is "deeply depressed" over the situation -- and is very concerned about how his daughters will handle growing up in two separate households.

TMZ broke the story ... Vanessa decided to pull the plug after catching the NBA star in another extra-marital affair.

Sources tell us ... Bryant's family was not aware of Kobe's exploits -- but they hope he and Vanessa can find a way to get along in the future ... if only for the sake of the kids.

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16.

KellyD.     

Hey, if you want your marriage to last, don't bang other women! I'm no expert, but sheesh! Start with the basics!

949 days ago
17.

Linda    

Maybe he should have thought of the "kids" before the "other" woman! Not giving up on his family? He already did that.

949 days ago
18.

There's a problem here    

Two points here: (1) TMZ - PLEASE BEGIN MONITORING YOUR SITE FOR SPAM ADS. YOU'RE LOSING MONEY AND READERS BY LETTING THEM GET ADVERTISE FREE.

(2) Kobe is such an ugly mo'fo'. She's a bitch on wheels but she's easy on the eyes. She wouldn't have looked at him twice if he wasn't worth $$. She wanted it. She got it. Hopefully that's all she got was his ugly face and his $$ and not a bunch of STDs.

949 days ago
19.

Truth    

PATHETIC...!! WORSE DR. PHIL EXCUSE EVER. DUDE JUST WANT REALLY MORE TIME TO SHIFT HIS A$$ETS BEFORE VANESSA REALLY GOD DIGS HIS BLACK BUTT. #TRUTH!!

949 days ago
20.

Sammie    

Now??? he's worried about his daughters? He's been out screwing anything that walks. Daughters who's fathers care so little about their mothers or them that they think it's ok for them to act like they have no wife or family grow up either men pleasers (meaning they end up in BAD relationships) or they grow up to hate & despise men. You've already messed it way up, mr. byant. You guys think you can do what you want without a thought to the people you hurt or the other consequences. Keep it in your pants or don't bother to marry. Pretty simple.

949 days ago
21.

victory    

Reconcile! Is Kobe kidding? Enormous fool to play around on such a beautiful wife. He can screw around with anything that throws themselves at him without an ounce of remorse, now.

949 days ago
22.

mjforever    

He is hoping to reconcile for the sake of his bank account lol.

949 days ago
23.

floridagirl    

Kobe and her married too young. Eons ago, when you married as young as they did, you could hope to make it. But now, times have changed radically. He, like Tiger, never had a chance to be single, mingle, mature sexually, and sow hs wild oats... So, psychologically, I gust what's happening. She knew the deal when she walked in. She stayed. And let's not fool ourselves that she stayed for love. Nope. She stayed for $$$$ and status. Really, who is she without Kobe? She's been riding his gravy train. I'm only being objective.

949 days ago
24.

YouDontSay    

Here's a clue...if you love your kids you would put their mother on a pedestal and treat her with honor and respect not sleeping with others and submitting her to possible diseases/death. LOSER!!

949 days ago
25.

Just Reading    

Sorry, but the whole "for the sake of the children" sounds like a PR stunt on Kobe's part. It's unfortunate that the marriage is broken due to his cheating, but the children will do better dealing with the reality of "who" their father really is versus living in a household where they believe their parent's unhappiness is their fault.

949 days ago
26.

Truth    

PATHETIC...!! WORSE DR. PHIL EXCUSE EVER. DUDE JUST WANTS MORE TIME TO SHIFT HIS A$$ETS BEFORE VANESSA REALLY GOLD DIGS HIS BLACK BUTT. #TRUTH!!

949 days ago
27.

South Beach    

This idiots selfishness knows no bounds, now he's using his young kids to get what he wants.

If this was me, if I was remotely on the fence, I'd pull the trigger and that would be that.

What a piece or work.

949 days ago
28.

Sloane    

agree with the majority who say that he should have thought of the impact it would have on his kids - so I tend not to believe that is his reasoning
my guess is that he thought he could get away with it forever since Vanessa allowed herself to be bought off with a pricey ring after the rape accusation
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and now he is in shock with the reality- he never thought it would come to this and now he's just realizing what his selfish/immoral behavior is costing him....in $$$ , as well as fan support, maybe endorsements, in the respect of his peers, in the Bryant family's look of disappointment and disgust and in fracturing forever his children's lives while losing his wife who was his biggest supporter -
without Vanessa at his side, he would not have survived the rape accusations nearly as well as he did
the public/fans thought "if she can forgive him, guess we can forgive him" and many still kept him on the pedestal
now he's completely blown even that with anyone who has a moral center

949 days ago
29.

galveston    

More like he's concerned about his bank account. He sure wasn't thinking of his daughters when he constantly cheated on their mother. What kind of message did that send? No sympathy for serial cheaters. Tough *******, Kobe.

949 days ago
30.

Cynthia    

Was he thinking about his kids when he was fooling around?

949 days ago
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