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Kobe Bryant

Rape Case Helped Me

Become a Better Person

7/16/2012 11:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Kobe Bryant
says his rape case in Eagle, CO helped him grow as a person ... saying he not only learned a lot about himself ... but matured in the process.

In an extremely rare moment with sports interview guru Graham Bensinger ... Kobe opened up about his state of mind during the 2003 legal battle ... calling the court proceedings a "dark time."

Kobe explained, "I think it challenges who you are as a person. To have to go through something like that not only individually but as a family. For the Lakers organization, my teammates. It was extremely difficult and you kinda had to do some soul searching, because you’re fighting numerous battles at the same time. You just kind of try to figure your way through all of this mess. And the only thing that you can do is put one foot in front of the other, and just continue to move forward."

Kobe ultimately settled with his accuser and admitted no guilt ... but did fess up to cheating on his wife Vanessa. He apologized ... and reportedly dropped $4 mil on some make-up jewelry.

During the in interview with Graham, Kobe revealed that he has discussed the case with NFL superstar Ray Lewis ... who was once charged with (and cleared of) murder ... because he could relate to the kind of pressure Bryant was facing.

"Other players can’t relate to that sort of stuff, to that type of pressure," Bryant said ... "That’s real pressure."

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IN MY OPINION    

It should have made you keep your dingaling in your pants. Take your VOWS seriously and stop trying to find hoes to replace your wife.

You may end up bringing an incurable disease home and then what are you going to do; most importantly what are you going to say to your KIDS?

795 days ago
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lmfao    

Let it go TMZ he 'paid' enough emotionally and financially.

795 days ago
3.

Elle0375    

Yeah, from then on he makes them all sign confidentiality contracts before doing the nasty. Still cheats though!!

795 days ago
4.

bernie    

http://www.facebook.com/jentheprincess

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xZsT-a2QQo&feature=share

795 days ago
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IN MY OPINION    

Furthermore, you are only SORRY BECAUSE YOU GOT CAUGHT; if you were sorry and grew from the experience, you would not be cheating on your wife! You wouldn't of apologized if she didn't bring the charges on you.

795 days ago
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lmfao    

I like how the comment'ers pretend if they were a young rich athlete that they would do the exact same thing. Or as if a rich young pretty woman who travels a lot wouldn't be a dog either. Madonna-whore complex. Females are the same and put in the same situation would do it too.

795 days ago
7.

Jdawg    

Nothing has changed,,He is just on a Shorter Leash.

795 days ago
8.

sue    

What brought this up???
Slow day I guess....

795 days ago
9.

ShrinkWrap    

Kobe, if you're a better person now, you must have been one sick f*ck before. BTW, a not guilty verdict, doesn't mean he didn't do it.

795 days ago
10.

Pudding Tang    

And O.J. Simpson is innocent of barbaric murder too!

795 days ago
11.

Fat Mike    

Moral of the story - never trust a woman

795 days ago
12.

MIKE    

I followed the whole trial and this dirt bag was guilty as hell.

795 days ago
13.

marcus    

1 Bryant still cheats on his wife.

2. Ray Lewis pled GUILTY to Obstruction of Justice in a Murder Investigation in exchange for his testimony. He wasn't "cleared" of murder.

GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT TMZ

795 days ago
14.

Vernon P. Alarcon    

dats a good knee grow

795 days ago
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kimkardashianstalkingass    

Better Person? That is some sliding scale you are using KoMe! This guys is so lost in himself and self-absorbed. Did you guys see the picture of him with his family at Disneyland --- he is wearing a shirt with a giant picture of his face on the front of it. That says every thing about KoMe.

795 days ago
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